Infection Sciences (Microbiology & Virology)

The Department of Infection Sciences is a collaboration between the North Bristol NHS trust and Public Health England to provide a hospital-based service for the laboratory diagnosis and clinical management of microbial diseases for patients both in hospital and the community, together with advice on the control of infection.

Laboratories participate and perform well in national quality assurance schemes and is fully accreditied. They are accredited for training with the Institute of Biomedical Science and registration with the Health Care Professions Council and the Royal College of Pathologists.

Medical microbiologists are available, both during the day and out-of-hours, to give advice concerning the diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring of infectious diseases. Where appropriate, preliminary reports and results are phoned to the clinician concerned. Ward rounds are conducted daily to review and offer advice on the management of inpatients with serious infections.

An active Infection Control Team is available at all times to help with matters relating to the control and prevention of infection.


Laboratory service user survey – 2021

The Infection Sciences laboratory has been formed from the collaboration between the UKHSA (formerly PHE) Bristol Laboratory and the North Bristol NHS trust to provide diagnostic and reference services for Infection Sciences in the Bristol and local area and throughout the UK (Reference services). The laboratory is committed to the delivery of a service of the highest quality that is fit for purpose and to do this we are continuously looking for ways to improve.

This survey has been constructed to gather data on the overall service provided by the laboratory over the last 2 years and to seek information on the general areas of improvement that you would like to see to those services currently being delivered.

We would be grateful if you could take the time to complete this questionnaire, it should not take more than 15 minutes of your time and all responses will be treated with the strictest confidence.


Page updated 15/11/2021

Contact Microbiology

General Enquiries/Results/Clinical Advice
Southmead Hospital telephone: 0117 4146222


Laboratory Hours
Monday to Friday 9am - 5.15pm
Saturday 9am 12 noon
A 24-hour on-call service operates outside normal laboratory hours - please contact via switchboard.