This flow chart sets out the procedure to follow if you need to order a microbiology test urgently or out of hours. Please note this guidance only applies to hospital staff.
The exception to this is blood cultures, which should be sent when clinically indicated. Normal laboratory hours are 08:00 to 20:30, Monday to Sunday.
For all other tests, please discuss with the duty microbiologist on x5685 between 09:00 Monday to Friday or via the switchboard out of hours.