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Discontinuation of Campylobacter serology

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Posted by Andrew Titman on 4 October 2022

Dear Colleagues, We write to notify you of the suspension of Campylobacter serology with immediate effect. This is because the Reference laboratory in Preston has withdrawn the test. We are seeking alternative accredited tests. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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NEW – Recurrent Thread Worm infection/Enterobiasis

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 23 March 2022

Recurrent Thread Worm infection/ Enterobiasis Information

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Microbiology User Survey 2021 Results

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 4 March 2022

https://www.exeterlaboratory.com/wp-content/uploads/Microbiology-User-Survey-Report-2021.pdf

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Exeter Laboratory Newsletter February 2022

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 11 February 2022

Exeter Laboratory Newsletter February 2022

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New Containment Level 3 (CL3) Laboratory

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 7 December 2021

Friday 3rd December saw the official handover of the new Containment Level 3 (CL3) laboratory from the contractors to the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. This CL3 facility will future proof the ability of the Trust to safely process specimens from “High Risk” patients and propagate potential and confirmed “High Risk” organisms.  The […]

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Exeter Laboratory Newsletter September 2021

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 15 September 2021

Exeter Laboratory Newsletter September 2021

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Exeter Laboratory Newsletter July 2021

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 11 August 2021

Exeter Laboratory Newsletter July 2021

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Exeter Laboratory Newsletter April 2021

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 26 April 2021

Exeter Laboratory Newsletter April 2021

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Update – SARS-CoV-2 serology assay – 22nd March 2021

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Posted by Angie Cooper on 16 March 2021

As of 22nd March, we will be detecting antibodies to both the Nucleocapsid antigen (anti-N) and the Spike antigen (anti-S) of SARS-CoV-2 for all requests, and we will report each antibody separately. This test is run in the Blood Sciences laboratory on serum samples. SARS-CoV-2 antibody takes up to 4 weeks to develop post-COVID-19 infection […]

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Exeter Laboratory Newsletter September 2020

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 6 October 2020

Exeter Laboratory Newsletter September 2020

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SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 infections FAQs

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 19 June 2020

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 infections

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Pathology Newsletter June 2020

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 4 June 2020

Pathology Newsletter June 2020

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Microbiology – Changes to Sample Processing during Covid-19

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 7 April 2020

Clear Urine During the COVID pandemic, clear urine samples are not being processed. Infection is unlikely when the urine appears clear. Consider repeat sample or empirical treatment following NICE guidelines. Sputum samples Non-mucoid samples will not be processed as poor quality samples. Consider repeat sample if clinically indicated. Superficial wound swabs Specimens will not processed […]

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COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Update

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 13 March 2020

COVID-19 testing is performed using PCR technology (i.e. to detect the viral RNA). Test sensitivity is dictated by the amount of virus on the swab and is therefore influenced by (1) the timing of the test in relation to the symptoms and (ii) the quality of the sample (operator-dependent). A test should be interpreted in […]

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Microbiology Newsletter January 2020

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 31 January 2020

Microbiology Newsletter Jan 2020

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GP Order Communications System (GP OCS)

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 14 May 2019

It is a pleasure to be able to finally advise you that the long awaited implementation of a GP Order Communications System (GP OCS) is now under way. The aim of the project is to offer an electronic Pathology test ordering system for GP Practices sending samples to the RD&E, with this project both orders […]

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Microbiology User Survey Report

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 15 February 2019

Microbiology User Survey Report 2018

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Microbiology Molecular Update

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 10 February 2019

We are delighted to inform our users that we have now taken delivery of and verified a random access Nucleic-Acid-Amplification-Test platform, called EliTech. As of 4th February 2019, we will be performing NAATs on CSF for the following targets: HSV1 and 2 VZV Enterovirus Parechovirus This will replace the current referred service in Bristol and […]

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COBAS 6800

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 8 December 2018

Microbiology are pleased to announce the arrival of a new molecular machine – the COBAS 6800.  This all-in-one automation is used for testing samples for chlamydia, GC, Hep C viral loads, HIV viral loads and Hep B viral loads  

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Royal College of Pathologists User Satisfaction Survey

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Posted by Adrian Cudmore on 6 March 2017

Latest results available here.

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