The Microbiology Department offers a comprehensive routine and emergency range of diagnostic services which together with its partner laboratory at Barnsley covers all aspects of routine Microbiology including bacteriology, parasitology, mycology, molecular diagnostics and serology.
Clinical advice can be obtained from the Consultant Microbiologist or Associate Specialist and technical advice can be obtained from the Biomedical Scientists in the department.
Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm
Saturday: Limited service between 9am - 5pm, on-call 5pm - 9am
Sunday: Limited service between 9am - 5pm, on-call 5pm-9am
All other times (including Bank Holidays): On-call only
The Microbiology Biomedical Scientist on-call can be contacted via the hospital switchboard 01709 820000.
The Microbiology Medical staff provide an on-call service out of hours and are contactable via the hospital switchboard 01709 820000.
Consultant Microbiologist & Head of Department, 01709 427712
Personal Assistant to Consultant Microbiologist & Head of Department, 01709 424743
Associate Specialist, 01709 424742
Scientific and technical staff
Integrated Microbiology Manager, 01709 424741
Microbiology Site Manager, 01709 426957
Patient collected samples
How to collect a faeces sample
Your GP or another healthcare professional, such as a nurse, will have given you a plastic (specimen) container and should have explained how to collect the stool / faeces sample. For further information on how to collect this sample please refer to http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/how-should-i-collect-and-store-a-stool-faeces-sample.aspx
How to collect a urine sample
Your GP or another healthcare professional, such as a nurse, will have given you a plastic (specimen) container and should have explained how to collect the urine sample. For instructions on the use of red topped containers please refer to this leaflet. For further information on how to collect this sample please refer to
For Microbiology documents such as the Trust Antimicrobial Policy, please see the Hub.
Information about all of our tests and services provided can be found in the departmental user handbook.
The content of this page was last updated: 22 January 2021 by Dan Firth