We carry out a 24 hour service for many common tests including;
- Culture of micro organisms from a wide variety of specimens
- Perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing
- MRSA and C.difficile testing
- Viral serology including HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
Abnormal results are sent to your consultant or doctor and we liaise with them to choose the correct tests, help to interpret the results and their implications for your care.
Microbiology provide advice on the clinical management and necessary precautions for patients with infections, the appropriateness of specimen collection and notification where necessary to external bodies such as the Health Protection Agency, TB Specialist Nurse or Neighbourhood Services.
Chlamydia testing, and other STI molecular tests and all mycobacterial cultures are performed at the Rotherham site. All other tests may be performed at either Rotherham or Barnsley sites. Site of testing is recorded via the laboratory audit trail and this information can be provided if required.
The laboratory sometimes arranges for specimens to be assayed for unusual investigations at other laboratories.
Specialist tests will be referred to the appropriate referral laboratory, the location will be stated in the final report.
We have about 22 staff, led by Prof. W A-Wali and are a Clinical Pathology Accredited (CPA) service.