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Microbiology

Our laboratories provide direct clinical, diagnostic and public health microbiological services to NHS Trusts and to community health services.

The ESNEFT Microbiology Service is managed as a single service and has laboratories on both the Colchester and Ipswich Hospital sites. This service is part of the ESNEFT Pathology Service, which is in the Cancer and Diagnostics Division of the Trust. The service provides a microbiology service to Colchester and Ipswich hospital, and North Essex and Suffolk CCG’s. It also provides a high throughput COVID testing service to other laboratories within the Mid 6 Network of Laboratories.

Our laboratories provide direct clinical, diagnostic and public health microbiological services to NHS Trusts and to community health services.

Microbiology test requests which are outside the scope of the tests offered by the laboratory will be sent to a number of ISO15189 Accredited Laboratories.

Advice and Information

Medical and technical members of staff are available on the telephone, for advice interpretation of results, transport of specimens, the correct containers and fixatives to use, and the requirements for sample labelling and request form completion.

ESNEFT Microbiology User Guide MM-ALL-INFO-33

ESNEFT Microbiology Test List MM-ALL-INFO-28 v 9.xlsx

 

 

 

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test collection information links.

Vaginal Samples

https://esneftpathology.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Vaginal-Uni-swab-Clinician-collected-cobas_-PCR-Media-collection-guide.pdf

Endocervical samples

https://esneftpathology.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Endocervical-Dual-swab-cobas_-PCR-Media-collection-guide.pdf

Rectal Samples

https://esneftpathology.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Rectal-Uni-swab-cobas_-PCR-Media-collection-guide.pdf

Throat

https://esneftpathology.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Throat-Uni-swab-cobas_-PCR-Media-collection-guide.pdf

The fact sheet below is useful guide for avoiding inhibitory substances in the sample collection process:

cobas® CT/NG and cobas® TV/MG Tests – Interfering substances reference guide.pdf

Latest news

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18/10/2023

Biochemistry Laboratory at Colchester achieve ISO 15189 Accreditation

The Biochemistry Laboratory at Colchester underwent an Assessment from UKAS for ISO 15189 Accreditation in December 2022. This was a process that started in April 2019 and the Department have worked hard to pass this Assessment and have now been granted accreditation, the 1st Pathology Laboratory at Colchester to achieve this accolade. What does ISO […]

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21/07/2023

EMED Group (ERS) Launches New EV

New EV Electric Van Launched Within ESNEFT ERS Medical are now using a selection of ‘zero emissions’ vehicles, for transportation of Pathology supplies and samples within the ESNEFT support services. A fantastic addition to the fleet to help improve our overall approach to reducing our Carbon footprint.

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21/07/2023

Sample and request form labelling

Blood Sciences and Microbiology Standards for labelling

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21/07/2023

Blood Sciences Combined Form For Colchester

Combined form is now standard practice for Colchester. For any questions please contact esneft.pathologycustomerservicedesk@nhs.net

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