Research and Development

The Public Health Laboratory is committed to improving patient outcomes and protecting public health. As part of achieving this the department has an active research and development programme. This enables our department to be at the forefront of diagnosis providing tests, which are sensitive, timely and cost-effective, and ensures that any protocols or procedures implemented are evidence-based. Staff from our department provides representation at local, regional and national research and development committees. We have published widely on a range of topics including:

·         Antibiotic resistance

·         Infection control

·         Epidemiology of important pathogens

·         Bacterial methodology

·         Antiviral resistance

·         Tuberculosis

·         Diagnosis and treatment of HIV

·         Blood borne viruses

·         Development of molecular assays

·         Infections in immunocompromised patients

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The laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital form part of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham and are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standard. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the UKAS website using the following link:

  • Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital pathology laboratories are a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8217
  • United Kingdom Health Security Agency laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8213

Tests not appearing on the UKAS Schedule of Accreditation 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.

For further test information, please visit the test database:

Protection of personal information - Laboratory Medicine comply with the Trust Data Protection policy and have procedures in place to allow the Directorate and its employees to comply with the Data Protection act  1998 and associated best practice and guidance.

For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235