Microbiology

Latest news from the Microbiology department

04
January
2017

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

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: http://intranet_1/infectioncontrol/MRSA%20Dual%20Swab%20Poster%20May15.pdf

Categories: Microbiology, General

22
January
2015

PHE Newsletter January 2015 Edition

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

Categories: Microbiology

30
June
2014

PHE Birmingham Newsletter: Summer 2014

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

Categories: Microbiology

29
May
2014

Laboratory Information System Migration

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).

Categories: Blood Sciences, Microbiology, Cellular Pathology, Haematology, Immunology, Biochemistry, General

29
October
2013

New telephone number for Microbiology

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.

Written by: Craig Webster Categories: Microbiology, General

21
September
2013

PHE Birmingham Newsletter: Autumn 2013

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

Categories: Microbiology

21
March
2013

Microlife GP Newsletter: March 2013

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

Categories: Microbiology

21
December
2012

Microlife GP Newsletter: December 2012

Please find the Winter 2012 edition of the Microlife GP Newsletter here

Categories: Microbiology

27
April
2015

PHE Newsletter Spring 2015 Edition

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

Categories: Microbiology

30
June
2014

TB Genomics Service Pilot Project

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.

Categories: Microbiology

18
June
2014

Withdrawal of IL28B test

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

Categories: Microbiology

08
January
2014

NEW THIN URINE TUBES FOR MC&S

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.

Categories: Microbiology, General

21
September
2013

Microlife GP Newsletter: September 2013

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

Categories: Microbiology

20
September
2013

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

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.

Written by: Craig Webster Categories: Microbiology, General

05
March
2013

HPA Birmingham Newsletter: Spring 2013

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

Categories: Microbiology

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