The Microbiology service is a comprehensive, clinically led service provided for Bacteriology, Virology (including Molecular services), Mycology and Parasitology. Clinical advice is also available for Infection Prevention and Control.
The Department is a Public Health England Collaborating Laboratory and works closely with the Regional Public Health Laboratory in Bristol in the event of outbreaks of infectious disease.
Epidemiological data is routinely sent to for the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre in Colindale.
Microbiology provides services to the RDE Trust, Primary care and community hospitals within North and East Devon, and other NHS Trusts within the Region.
The laboratory is accredited by Clinical Pathology Accreditation Ltd (CPA) and participates in all relevant External Quality Assurance Schemes. The laboratory has accredited training status for Medical and Scientific staff.
Services are provided 24/7, 365 days a year.