Microbiology

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Notification of Change: Blood culture bottle change

on Thursday, 04 January 2018. Posted in Microbiology

The blood culture system used by the PHE Public Health Laboratory (provider of microbiology services to HEFT) is changing. During the week starting 15th January 2018, new blood culture bottles will be distributed to all relevant Trust wards and departments and the old bottles removed. The new blood culture bottles will be distributed in the usual kit format with a new butterfly needle and adapter cap to fit the new bottles. Please do not send the old style blood culture bottles after Monday 22nd January 2018 as the laboratory will be unable to process them. If you have any queries, contact the laboratory on Ext 43111 (0121 424 3111). .

The assay has been validated and will be assessed by UKAS against ISO 15189 standards for accreditation as soon as possible.

PHE Newsletter Spring 2015 Edition

on Monday, 27 April 2015. Posted in Microbiology

Please find the Spring 2015 edition of the PHE Birmingham Newsletter here

TB Genomics Service Pilot Project

on Monday, 30 June 2014. Posted in Microbiology

TB Genomics Service: Pilot project to start next month

PHE Birmingham are launching our TB Genomics Service pilot project next month.

Background

  • In the last 10-months we have participated in an eight-centre international collaboration study on TB Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) led by Oxford which has used DNA extracted from MGIT. 
  • The Oxford led project is a feasibility study on the use of WGS in TB diagnosis, resistance profiling and epidemiological mapping of outbreaks. During this Feasibility study, working with our colleagues at Oxford, DNA extraction and MiSeq sequencing methodologies have been established at Heartlands. Raw sequence data has been shared with Oxford through a cloud setup and analysis reports (on mycobacterial species identity, drug resistance predictions and strain typing) received within 48 hours of the raw data being uploaded.

Withdrawal of IL28B test

on Wednesday, 18 June 2014. Posted in Microbiology

Public Health England  Public Health Laboratory Birmingham will no longer be offering an IL28B testing service. Please see Letter to Users for further details.

NEW THIN URINE TUBES FOR MC&S

on Wednesday, 08 January 2014. Posted in Microbiology, General

NEW THIN URINE TUBES FOR MC&S

The PHE Public Health Laboratory Birmingham are changing the type of sample tubes required for urines sent for microscopy, culture and sensitivity testing (M,C&S). The new tubes will fit directly onto the laboratory’s new automated analysers which will speed up the processing of urines. This is part of the quality improvement and technical modernisation strategy of the laboratory. The smaller volume required to fill the new style boric acid containers should also reduce the number of samples we cannot process due to them being under-filled. For urines for tests other than M,C&S (e.g. Pregnancy test, legionella antigen, virology, TB culture, chlamydia and gonorrhoea) please continue to use the sample containers currently required for those tests. For CSF's and any sterile sites e.g. Ascitic Fluid, Knee Aspirates, Pleural Fluids, PD Fluids, Pus samples and any other fluid samples please send them in a 20ml universal. Urines for MC&S in a 20ml universal will be rejected, so please send in correct container. Please check your requisition form to make sure you can order both types of specimwn containers.

Microlife GP Newsletter: September 2013

on Saturday, 21 September 2013. Posted in Microbiology

Please find the Autumn 2013 edition of the Microlife GP Newsletter here

Urines for M,C&S – Change of Sample Tubes

Written by Craig Webster on Friday, 20 September 2013. Posted in Microbiology, General

The PHE Public Health Laboratory Birmingham (at Heartlands Hospital) are changing the type of sample tubes required for urines sent for microscopy, culture and sensitivity testing (M,C&S)

Urines for M,C&S – Change of Sample Tubes

What are the new urine sample tubes like?

  • The new tubes are smaller and have a 10ml capacity.
  • They will still be available in both a “red top” boric acid containing version and plain “white top” version.

HPA Birmingham Newsletter: Spring 2013

on Tuesday, 05 March 2013. Posted in Microbiology

Please find the Spring 2013 edition of the HPA Birmingham Newsletter here

Dual Liquid Swabs for MRSA Screening (Heart of England Trust Only)

on Wednesday, 04 January 2017. Posted in Microbiology, General

Dual Liquid Swabs for MRSA Screening (Heart of England Trust Only)

The PHE microbiology laboratory at Heartlands is no longer able to process dual liquid swabs for MRSA screening if two swabs are left in the sample tube.

To perform a dual emergency MRSA screen, swab the patient's nostrils with the pink swab; put the swab into the tube and rotate the swab against the side of tube to release the sample into the liquid. Do not break off the pink swab into the tube - remove and discard the pink swab after the sample has been added to the liquid. The white swab used for the patient's groin should still be broken off and left in the tube.

Full instructions for using Dual Liquid Swabs for MRSA Screening can be found under "infection control" then "MRSA" on the HEFT intranet: HERE

PHE Newsletter January 2015 Edition

on Thursday, 22 January 2015. Posted in Microbiology

Please find the January 2015 edition of the PHE Birmingham Newsletter here

PHE Birmingham Newsletter: Summer 2014

on Monday, 30 June 2014. Posted in Microbiology

Please find the Summer 2014 edition of the PHE Birmingham Newsletter here

Laboratory Information System Migration

on Thursday, 29 May 2014. Posted in Blood Sciences, Microbiology, Cellular Pathology, Haematology, Immunology, Biochemistry, General

Laboratory Information System Migration
In order to bring systems in line with the restructured laboratory services the Laboratory Medicine directorate will be migrating to new Laboratory Information System Databases for Blood Sciences and Microbiology.
 
The migration is due to commence at 8am Monday 2nd June.
 
No downtime is anticipated but there may be some temporary disruption as the migration progresses.
 
The Blood Sciences System will replace what is currently the separate disciplines of Chemistry, Haematology and Immunology as a single department. As such the ICE Reporting System will display reports as Blood Sciences (Orange highlighting).

New telephone number for Microbiology

Written by Craig Webster on Tuesday, 29 October 2013. Posted in Microbiology, General

New telephone number for Microbiology

7th November Microbiology will be changing their telephone number to 0121 424 3111 please? This is an automated system and users should follow the instructions given.

PHE Birmingham Newsletter: Autumn 2013

on Saturday, 21 September 2013. Posted in Microbiology

Please find the Autumn 2013 edition of the PHE Birmingham Newsletter here

Microlife GP Newsletter: March 2013

on Thursday, 21 March 2013. Posted in Microbiology

Please find the Spring 2013 edition of the Microlife GP Newsletter here

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The Trust Laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital were awarded UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation to the internationally recognised ISO 15189 standard in May 2015. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the test database http://www.heftpathology.com/frontpage/test-database.html.
Tests not appearing on this scope are either under consideration or in the process of accreditation and so currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.

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