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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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RD&E Covid-19 Testing Service

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Posted by Rebecca Watts on 22 May 2020

Dear colleagues Did you know that the RD&E is providing a COVID-19 testing service for all symptomatic* health and care staff working or living in North and Eastern Devon? Health and care staff with a symptomatic household member can also use the testing service. To book a slot, simply complete this online referral form or […]

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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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New Cobas e-601 Random Access Analyser

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Posted by Adrian Cudmore on 27 June 2016

As of Tuesday 21st June 2016, we have moved some Virology  Serology Testing (HIV, Hepatitis B surface antigen, Hepatitis B core antibody, Hepatitis C antibody, Syphilis antibody, HTLV  and Hepatitis B surface antibody)  onto the Cobas e-601 random access analyser.   The only difference you should notice is the wording on some of these reports – please see […]

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Microbiology News March 2016

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Posted by Adrian Cudmore on 14 March 2016

We have recently reviewed the most common e-mail queries sent to rde-tr.MicroConsultants@nhs.net and are in the process of producing some FAQ pages to help which will be posted here. Currently, the following FAQs are to be added: Recurrent UTIs Lyme Disease Hepatitis serology Impetigo Sputum (various questions) Chlamydia serology PID Wound swabs Clinical details Non-albicans Candida in GU […]

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Change to Prescription of Fosfomycin

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Posted by Adrian Cudmore on 9 December 2015

As of 01/12/15 the RD&E pharmacy will no longer supply Fosfomycin 3g sachets for community patients against a GP proforma. There is now a licensed product available, so if you need to use Fosfomycin, prescribe in the normal way, and the patient can collect from the local pharmacist.   Indications: Uncomplicated lower urinary-tract infections caused by multi-resistant […]

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Changes to Urine Culture

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Posted by Adrian Cudmore on 24 March 2015

As of 23rd March 2015, we will be using a new Particle Recognition System (IQ200 sprint, Beckman Coulter) for urine microscopy. The results of the preliminary test determine whether a sample is cultured, and will also affect the way the Final Report appears: White blood cells:     reported as numbers per µl    (normal […]

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