Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control


The Department of Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control provides a wide range of routine and specialist investigations in Bacteriology, Virology and PCR required for the diagnosis and management of patients.


Our expert team in Microbiology provides a 24/7 service for the prevention, investigation and control of healthcare-associated infection in patients and staff. 


The department is highly research active, specialising in development of molecular diagnostics in both virology and bacteriology. Routine testing includes:

-16S broad range sequencing (Bacterial)

-18S broad range sequencing (Fungal)

- Real-time PCR for:  Group A Streptococcus

                               Streptococcus pneumoniae


                               Mycobacterium species (TB and NTM)

                               Staphlococcus aureus

                               Neisseria meningitidis

                               Kingella kingae

                               Whipples (Tropheryma whipplei)


Routine Opening Hours


Microbiology:            8am - 4.30pm  (Monday - Saturday)
Virology:                  9am - 5.30pm  (Monday - Friday)
Infection Control:      8am - 6pm      (Monday - Friday)


Out of hours

Microbiology:           Emergency 24hr service (seven days)
Virology:                 Saturday 9am - 1pm


Contact details


Microbiology Contact telephone number: 0207 829 8661

Virology Contact telephone number: 0207 813 8506/8507


Microbiology Specialist Registrars and Consultants may be contacted via the hospital switchboard:

0207 405 9200


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