How to obtain clinical microbiology advice

During normal working hours (9 am to 5-30 pm Monday - Friday)

Telephone the microbiology secretaries on 01256 473202 ext 3307 or 3312 who will re-direct you to the appropriate consultant microbiologist on duty.

  • In most situations, junior staff should discuss the problem with senior members of their own team, and consult the antibiotic guides before seeking consultant microbiology advice.

Out-of-hours (Before 22:00)

  • Contact the on-call medical microbiologist via switchboard. Before you phone, please make sure you are aware of the patient's medical history, including details of any antibiotic therapy over the past two weeks, and the results of any investigations and allergies. After 22:00 referrals to microbiology should be made by the specialist registrar or consultant.

Please note that clinical guidelines are guidelines only. The interpretation and application of clinical guidelines will remain the responsibility of the individual clinician. If in doubt about antibiotic therapy contact a senior colleague or a microbiologist.

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