If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) – the advice is to stay at home for 10 days. All members of this household should remain at home for 14 days.

If you think you have symptoms, please do not attend your hospital appointment until you are advised it is safe to do so. Please contact us to rearrange your appointment, or to re-organise treatment and tests.

The latest information on the Covid-19 vaccination programme in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire can be found here.


Our Department of Clinical Microbiology provides comprehensive medical microbiology services (including virology) for the whole Nottingham health community. With just over 100 staff, including consultants, junior medical staff, biomedical scientists, clinical scientists, laboratory assistants and administrative staff, the laboratory handles in excess of 900,000 microbiology and virology samples per year.

The department processes a range of specimens from patients including urine samples, swabs, sputum, stool and blood samples in order to diagnose infections such as urinary tract infections, pneumonia, skin and soft tissue infections and viral infections such as hepatitis and HIV. The department is also active in supporting infection prevention and control activities by providing the laboratory diagnostics for MRSA and C.difficile. As well as diagnosing infections in individual patients, the laboratory monitors patterns of infection over time and the rates of antibiotic resistance amongst pathogens such as E.coli.

The laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory, No.8755. Teaching, training, audit, research and development are all actively pursued within the department

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Opening times

The department is open from 08:00 to 20:00. Monday to Friday, with a limited service (08:30 -12:30) on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Outside normal hours there is an on-call service for urgent specimens and for medical microbiology advice.



The Department is located on A & B floor ,West block,Queens Medical Centre ,Nottingham,NG7 2UH.

Important information

Urgent samples should be phoned through to the laboratory wherever possible. If this is not feasible, please indicate that the sample is urgent by writing it on the patient request form.