The Virology and Microbial Serology department tests serum to detect antibodies and antigens in the blood, which can indicate the presence of a range of viruses and other organisms, including HIV, hepatitis B and C, and syphilis. The department provides a full diagnostic service, which includes supporting the management of infections during pregnancy, in infants, throughout the community, and in outbreak situations.
We can also check the level of immune protection against hepatitis B and rubella (German measles), and use advanced molecular techniques to detect the viruses that cause flu, herpes and other respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous system infections.
The clinical staff responsible for clinical advice, diagnostic and interpretative services are:
Virology clinical lead: Dr David Muir MBChB, MSc, PhD, FRCPath (GMC 3327601)
Samples to be performed urgently must be discussed with the Infection & Immunity laboratory within working hours (9.00am – 5.30pm, Monday to Friday) on 020331 10130 (in the case of Virological investigations, with a Medical Virologist on 020331 10138 or 020331 10139).
If eligibility for same day testing is agreed, these must be in the laboratory at Charing Cross by the time specified by the lab team (according to details of the test).
Virology and Serology test databse
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