What we do
We provide a routine clinical microbiology service for investigation of infectious disease.
We do not give results to patients, relatives or friends. They will only be given to the requesting doctor (Data Protection Act and patient confidentiality legislation).
Turnaround times for microbiology samples vary due to the length of time taken for micro-organisms to grow. Most micro-organisms will take 24 to 48 hours to grow and identify but some may take up to 6 weeks to grow.
The majority of investigations are performed on site, but some samples are sent to reference laboratories and may take longer to be completed.
When we are open
Normal service is provided:
Monday-Friday 9.00 am-5.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am-12.30 pm
On call service for urgent specimens by arrangement only:
Monday-Friday 5.30 pm-9.00 am
Saturday 12.30 pm-9.00 am
Sunday 9.00 am-9.00 am (on Monday)
Where to find us
You can find us on the second floor, Fewston Wing at Harrogate District Hospital
How to contact us
Main Laboratory: 01423 555645
Fax no: 01423 555673
Dr Jo Smullen, Laboratory Manager, telephone: 01423 553076
Dr Katharine Scott (Head of Dept), telephone: 01423 555663
Dr Lauren Heath, telephone: 01423 555663
Dr Richard Hobson, telephone: 01423 555663
Who you will meet
The Microbiology Department is headed by a Consultant Microbiologist who is also the Director of Infection Prevention and Control. The laboratory is staffed by Biomedical Scientists (BMS) who perform the tests and provide specialist advice to physicians and other health care professionals.
You are unlikely to meet any microbiology laboratory staff but if you are a patient, you may meet our consultant microbiologists.
Health Protection Agency (HPA)
World Health Organisation (WHO)
If you would like information on a test your Doctor has requested go to Lab tests online