Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

The Department of Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control provides a rapid, high-quality investigation and advice service. Our laboratory performs a wide range of routine and specialist investigations in Bacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology and Virology required for the diagnosis and management of those with infection and infectious disease.  


Our expert team offers a full infection control service for the prevention, investigation and control of healthcare-associated infection in patients and staff.  In addition, we perform environmental monitoring for pharmacy services as well as for infection control purposes (environmental cleanliness, air quality and outbreak investigation).


The department is highly research active, specialising in the development of molecular diagnostics both in virology (especially rapid real time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to support the transplant services) and bacteriology (broad range PCR and sequencing in particular).


Opening Hours


Microbiology:            8am - 4.30pm 
Virology:                  9am - 5.30pm
Infection Control:      8am - 6pm


Out of hours

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


Clinical staff are always available to discuss queries, problems, sensitive results and advice on patient management.

Contact details

Contact telephone number: 020 7829 8661


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