East of England public health laboratory: services

Cambridge clinical and public health laboratory (CMPHL) operates from Addenbrooke's Hospital.

CMPHL is the regional clinical laboratory for the East of England.

Services available

The lab provides a 7-day microbiology service. This includes:

  • molecular microbiology
  • routine bacteriology service
  • routine virology service
  • avian influenza urgent testing
  • blood borne virus confirmation
  • specialist virology
  • liquid TB service

For more information, see the East of England public health laboratory: user handbook.


View a list of general clinical tests available from the majority of Public Health England regional microbiology laboratories. Please call the laboratory to confirm test availability.

Turnaround times

  • bacteriology: 1 to 7 days
  • virology: 1 to 3 days
  • molecular: 1 to 3 days
  • urgent work: as soon as possible

User handbook

East of England public health laboratory: user handbook.


ISO accreditation: CPA 1071


Public health laboratory Cambridge

Clinical Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory (CMPHL)
CMPHL Level 6
Box 236
Addenbrooke's Hospital


Telephone 0333 103 2220

Out of hours (ask for on-call microbiologist or virologist) 01223 257 037

Published 31 July 2014