Microbiology Department

Microbiology Department

 

Introduction

The department provides comprehensive bacteriology, parasitology, and mycology services. Provision of viral serology testing is shared across Clinical Microbiology and Clinical Biochemistry, however clinical responsibility remains solely with Clinical Microbiology.

The department also provides environmental monitoring and testing for the Trust.

The Infection Control service including the surveillance and prevention of hospital acquired infections as well as the management of infection outbreaks, is accountable corporately to the Trust, although the designated Infection Control Doctors are employed within this department. It also develops policies and guidelines and advises NHS staff of all grades and specialties on matters concerning Infection Control. Infection Control Services are also provided for the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust and Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust.

There is a satellite laboratory at the Sexual Health Clinic in the centre of Birmingham:

Department of Genito-Urinary Medicine

Whittall Street Clinic

Whittall Street

Birmingham

B4 6DH

From 6th May 2019 the QE laboratories will now be using the Abbott Alinity analysers to provide serology services.

However, these assays now lie outside the scope of accreditation as assessed by UKAS. 

UKAS have been informed and will assess the assays on the new instrumentation as an extension to scope of accreditation in September 2019. This is normal procedure when changing platforms.

In addition, antibiotic assays also lie outside scope. Vancomycin and Gentamicin levels will be transferring to Biochemistry’s accreditation in due course. Amikacin and Tobramycin levels are now tested at Heartlands hospital.

 

UKAS

 

Click here for a list of Microbiology UKAS accredited assays.

Minimum data for Request forms

A separate Clinical Microbiology request form is required for each specimen with the patient's minimum data set and the requesting doctor's bleep number to facilitate communication of urgent or important results.

The background colour of each test corresponds to the print colour of the appropriate request form. Use of the correct request form will facilitates the sorting and onward processing of samples. Relevant clinical details must be given, including duration of illness and current antibiotic therapy to facilitate relevant clinical guidance.

Please do not include tests that are performed by other laboratory disciplines, e.g. CSF Protein or Cytology investigations on a Microbiology request form as this delays processing of requests

Opening Times

Core Hours

Out of hours (On Call)

Monday – Friday 08.00 - 19.00

Monday – Friday 19.00 - 08.00

Weekend 08.00 -16.00

Weekend 16.00 - 08.00 the following day

Bank Holidays – As for weekends

Bank Holidays – As for weekends

The out-of-hours service is provided by on-call Biomedical Scientists from home.

Emergency specimens outside laboratory hours should be arranged directly with the on-call Biomedical Scientist (contact via the hospital switchboard). In general, the results of any specimens which are required to be analysed on-call should influence the patient's immediate management.

Tests available on the emergency service for Clinical Microbiology include the examination of:

  • Cerebrospinal fluid.
  • Peritoneal Dialysis fluid.
  • Ascitic taps.
  • Synovial fluid.
  • Aspirates from deep-seated infections.
  • Pericardial fluids.
  • Organ transplant serology.
  • Intra-operative specimens that cannot be repeated.

Blood cultures that are taken out of hours should be sent to the laboratory immediately. There is no need to notify the on-call technician or Clinical Microbiologist. If urgent examination of a specimen not listed above is felt necessary, please contact the on-call Medical Microbiologist via the hospital switchboard.

 

Contact us

Title

Contact Details

Clinical Microbiologists

 

Dr Ira Das

 

 

 

 

Ext. 16516 or external 0121 371 6516

 

 

 

Dr Nim Wickramasinghe, (Clinical Service Lead)

Dr Martin Gill

Dr Elisabeth Holden

Dr Sima Jog

Dr Debbie Mortiboy

Dr Nim Wickramasinghe

Specialist Registrars

Virologists

 

Dr H Osman or Dr Sowsan Atabani

Ext. 16518 / 16516 or mobile telephone via hospital switchboard

Out-of-hours

On-call Medical Microbiologist, Virologist or Biomedical Scientist:

Mobile telephone via hospital switchboard (a rota operates for this service)

(This service is provided by staff from home)

Infection Control Nursing Team

Ext. 13785 (out of hours contact the On-call Clinical Microbiologist)

Community Infection Control Nurses

0121 466 6304 (Birmingham Community Healthcare)

Decontamination Advisor

Ext. 13852 or mobile telephone through switchboard

Laboratory Operational Managers

 

Miss Catherine Swann

Ext. 16532 or external 0121 371 6532

Miss Katie Dedicoat

Ext. 16530 or external 0121 371 6530

Specimen Reception

Ext. 13306 or external 0121 371 3306

 

Departmental Direct line

0121 371 6516

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