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The bacteriology reference department (BRD) is made up of 3 units:
respiratory and vaccine preventable bacteria reference unit (RVPBRU)
gastrointestinal bacteria reference unit (GBRU)
antimicrobial resistance and healthcare associated infections reference unit (AMRHAI)
This document includes information on the laboratory reference units and how to obtain tests and services.
Important service update
To enable UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) reference and specialist laboratories to continue to provide critical support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some service delivery changes have been made with immediate effect.
The situation is regularly reviewed and the laboratory will communicate the most recent update to the customers via E-lab.
For the most current information, please contact the relevant department using the contact details at the end of the manual.