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Latest updates to this guidance
6 April: updated information on local testing.
Purpose and scope
The following information is intended for hospital-based healthcare professionals.
Requests for laboratory testing of individuals must meet the criteria for a possible case of COVID-19.
Designated Public Health England (PHE) regional laboratories, the Reference Laboratory at PHE Colindale and many NHS Trust laboratories are able to test samples for SARS-CoV-2.
For hospitals without local testing, send samples to the listed PHE regional laboratory designated for the referring laboratory region. It is not necessary to telephone the laboratory or health protection team (HPT) to request testing.
Designated laboratories per region for testing (telephone numbers provided for health professional queries only)
Members of the public should access their laboratory results via their local healthcare provider. PHE does not issue results directly to patients, only to health professionals.
|NHS Region||Designated laboratory||Address for sample dispatch||Contact telephone numbers|
|Normal hours||Out of hours|
|East of England||Cambridge PHL||Public Health England, Public Health Laboratory, Box 236, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge Biomedical Campus Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0QQ||01223 257037||01223 245151 Ask for on call Virologist|
|London||Respiratory virus unit, Colindale||Respiratory virus unit (RVU), Public Health England, 61 Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5EQ||0208 327 7887||020 8200 4400 Ask for Duty Doctor|
|Midlands||Birmingham PHL||Public Health Laboratory Birmingham, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham, B9 5SS||0121 424 3111||0121 4242000 Ask for duty virologist|
|North East||Newcastle lab||Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory, Microbiology and Virology Department, Freeman Hospital, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7DN||0191 233 6161 (Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, switchboard) Ask for Consultant Virologist||0191 233 6161 (Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, switchboard) Ask for on-call Consultant Virologist|
|North West||Manchester PHL||Virology Reception, Third Floor, Clinical Science Building 1, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL||0161 276 8853||0161 276 1234 Ask for on-call Microbiologist|
|South East||Southampton lab||Microbiology, Level B, South Laboratory Block, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton SO16 6YD||023 8120 6408||023 8077 7222 Ask for out of hours Microbiology biomedical scientist|
|South West||Bristol PHL||PHE Microbiology, Public Health England, Pathology Sciences Building, Westbury, Bristol, BS10 5NB||0117 414 6222||0117 950 5050 Ask for on-call Virologist or Microbiologist|
|Yorkshire and Humber||Leeds lab||Virology Department, Old Medical School, Leeds General Infirmary, Thoresby Place, Leeds LS1 3EX||0113 392 8750 (option 2) (Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, switchboard) Ask for on-call Consultant Virologist||0113 243 2799 or 0113 243 3144 (Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, switchboard) Ask for on-call Consultant Virologist|