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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.

Specalist Microbiolgy Services -Colchester

 

 

 

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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Tue Aug 2022

Microbiology Sample Collection Update

From 1st September Hologic Aptima collection tubes for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea no longer accepted. Replaced by Roche 6800 sample collection containers available to order from consumables store. Please follow the link for all details.   https://esneftpathology.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/ESNEFT-Microbiology-Service-Improvement-2022.8.1-1.docx

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Tue May 2022

Sample and request form labelling

Blood Sciences and Microbiology Standards for labelling.

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Thu May 2022

Microbiology Service improvement

Important Chlamydia and Gonorrhea sample collection is changing. GO LIVE DATE 23rd  May 2022

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Thu May 2022

New Blood Sciences Combined Form For Colchester

From Monday 16th May 2022 the current separate blood sciences request forms will be replaced by a combined form.   The current form will still be accepted until stock runs out. For any questions please contact esneft.pathologycustomerservicedesk@nhs.net

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