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Microbiology and Serology / Laboratory Medicine Covid-19 testing

For all clinical advice regarding Covid-19

Clinical Advice 


York Hospital Patients

Monday - Friday

09:00 - 17:00

Contact the Operational Microbiologist for York Hospital Patients on 01904 725131 (external), 5131 (internal)

Scarborough Hospital Patients

Monday - Friday

08:45 - 17:15

Contact the Operational Microbiologist for Scarborough via the hospital switchboard '0'

At all other times: Contact the Microbiology Doctor on Call via the hospital switchboard '0'


 Please note that we regret that we cannot provide results or offer advice directly to members of the public, who should contact their healthcare provider.

For staff Covid-19 test results please obtain these via occupational health between 09:00 – 15:00 on 01904 72 1600 Monday – Sunday, or via the email


Covid-19 swabs analysed by PCR

The microbiology department is responsible for analysing all covid-19 PCR tests. The department currently runs an extended service between the hours 08:00 – 00:00 for this analysis. The laboratory aims to process all samples within 24hours.

To view Microbiology and Serology test information: Click here

For all information regarding taking swabs and for instructions for the testing for Covid-19 please access this information from the Covid-19 section of the staff intranet.


Covid-19 antibody testing

The biochemistry department is responsible for analysing tests requiring Covid-19 antibody testing; this is a 24 hour service. The laboratory aims to process all samples within 24hours.

To view Clinical Biochemistry test information: Click here

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As of Wednesday 21 October, after reviewing the guidance for visiting as set out by NHSE, the Trust has taken the difficult decision to suspend visiting to all of our sites, with immediate effect.  We have taken this decision to limit the spread of Covid-19, and to protect vulnerable patients and ensure staff safety.  As soon as it possible to safely relax the visiting restrictions we will do so

From Monday 15 June 2020, visitors and outpatients coming into our hospitals will be asked to wear a face covering at all times, to help us reduce the spread of Covid-19.  A face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.  It should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.  For more information click here