The Microbiology department is based at University Hospital of
North Durham and serves the CDDFT acute sites, community clinics
and GPs throughout County Durham. A team of Medical Laboratory
Assistants, Associate Practitioners, Biomedical Scientists and
Consultant Microbiologists all work closely together to ensure that
our patients and service users receive high quality results that
support the patient's care journey.
The Microbiology department examines many different sample
types to look for evidence of infection using a variety of
different techniques, e.g:
The Microbiology department also works closely with CDDFTs
Infection Control team and Public Health England providing testing,
screening and epidemiological information relating to infection
control. This includes monitoring of communicable diseases and
multi-drug resistant pathogens.
The Microbiology test repertoire can be found via the test
directory and individual handbook pages.
See the microbiology referral test page for the tests sent
via the microbiology department, including details of the referral
laboratories and specimen requirements.
Contact Information and
Laboratory Opening Hours
please contact Microbiology using the email address
Please see the general pathology handbook information
pages for further details on contacting Microbiology team.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community