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Microbiology Test Information

In addition to a comprehensive traditional bacteriology service we also carry out:

Investigation

Sample type

Chickenpox antibodies

Clotted blood

Chlamydia NAAT (nucleic acid amplification technology)

Urine or swab in lysis buffer (available from laboratory)

CMV IgM and IgG

Clotted blood

Helicobacter pylori antigen

Stool sample

Hepatitis A IgM

Clotted blood

Hepatitis B markers for infection

Clotted blood

Hepatitis B surface antibody

Clotted blood

Hepatitis C antibody

Clotted blood

HIV antibodies

Clotted blood

Lyme Disease IgM and IgG

Clotted blood

Measles antibodies

Clotted blood

Mycology – microscopy and culture for fungi

Skin and nails

Mycoplasma antibodies

Clotted blood

Rotavirus

Stool sample

RSV antigen

Naso-pharygeal aspirate

Rubella IgG

Clotted blood

Syphilis serology

Clotted blood

Toxoplasma screen

Clotted blood

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While contagious viruses are active year-round, winter is a prime time for norovirus, colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses.

 

These infections are highly contagious, so we urge people to stay away unless their visit is absolutely essential to help reduce the spread of infection within our hospitals.

Hospitals are full of sick people, many of them frail and elderly, so bringing germs into a hospital is the worst thing you can do.  We have an active programme of infection prevention but we can’t spot visitors who really shouldn’t be here.  Please stay at home if you’re unwell to help aid the wellbeing and recovery of our patients.