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Microbiology

The Team

The Clinical Microbiology Team consists of four Consultant Medical Microbiologists. They are on site for consultation and clinical advice between 09:00 and 17:00. An On Call Clinical Microbiologist can be contacted via switchboard after 17:00 each weekday and at weekends.
(Please note that RUH share an On Call Rota with the Clinical Microbiologists at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, North Bristol Trust and Weston General Hospital).

For Clinical Advice enquiries
during daytime hours (09:00 – 17:00)
RUH ext 5428
For Clinical Advice enquiries Out of Hours RUH switchboard – ask for On Call Consultant Microbiologist

Referrals

To Streamline the clinical advice service please use the following form to plan calls:

Microbiology Referral Call Proforma


Also please be aware that using the following resource may help resolve queries before a call is necessary:


For infection control advice please contact the Infection Control Team on ext 4754 between
09:00 and 17:00, Monday - Friday or the On Call Clinical Microbiologist outside these hours.

Specimens

Blood cultures & urgent specimens

There is a small 'Hot Lab' on site that processes all blood cultures plus urgent specimens such as CSFs and some urgent intra-operative specimens.

Hours Contact
Mon-Fri 09:00 – 17:00.
Please call to inform the Hot Lab of any Urgent Specimens
RUH ext 4747
Sat/Sun and Bank Holidays.
Please Call to inform the Hot lab of any Urgent Specimens
RUH ext 4747
Out of Hours (after 17:00)
(processing of Urgent Specimens)
RUH switchboard – ask for On Call Consultant Microbiologist

 

The Hot Lab also provides some Onsite testing services (such as C. difficile and Norovirus PCR).
For a description of Hot lab operation including Onsite testing services please see:

RUH Microbiology Handbook

All other specimens

All other specimens for Bacteriology/Virology/Mycology are sent to be processed at Public Health England/Severn Pathology Services Bristol Laboratory.

These specimens are transported four times a day from Pathology reception at RUH at 09:00, 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00 to the Bristol Laboratories.

For a full description of Services, Expected Turnaround Times, Specimen types and Collection please use the following link:

Microbiology Results Service

For technical enquiries and to follow up bacteriology/virology/mycology results RUH ext 4747


Note: Results of Positive Blood Cultures and significant Urgent Specimen results will be telephoned to the clinical team as soon as they become available by the RUH Clinical Microbiology team or one of the On Call Consultant Microbiologists.


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