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Laboratory Medicine

General Information / Microbiology Out of Hours Test Repertoire

Microbiology Out of Hours Test Repertoire:

A Microbiology on-call service is provided to cover URGENT SAMPLES ONLY

Microbiology on the York Site

Microbiology on the Scarborough Site

Monday to Friday

20:00 – 08:30

Monday to Friday

17:15 – 08:45


17:00 – 08:30


17:00 – 08:45


16:30 – 08:30


16:00 – 08:45

Bank Holidays

17:00 – 08:30

Bank Holidays

16:00 – 08:45

The microbiology Laboratory operates an on call service for CSF samples plus pus from deep seated infection, and body fluids such as pleural or ascetic fluids (but excluding urine).   Any other request for urgent work will require approval from the consultant Microbiologist.

The Microbiology BMS on call MUST be contacted by the Switchboard Operator when ANY specimen requires urgent microbiological analysis outside of normal working hours.


Please DO NOT call the Microbiology BMS for Covid-19 results, they are not on site and do not have access to results out of hours. All completed Covid-19 test results will be available on CPD.


It is the responsibility of the doctor initiating the request to ensure that all urgent and important samples are expected by the relevant Laboratory.


Example: For urgent cerebrospinal fluid analysis: If a CSF sample requires analysis out of normal working hours, the Doctor initiating the request MUST contact the Microbiology BMS on call via the switchboard (Dial 0). Additionally the Doctor MUST also inform the Clinical Biochemistry BMS via Bleep 934.


**Please do not put CSF samples in the Pneumatic Tube System (PTS/POD)**

Last updated: 03/06/2020




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