Gastrointestinal bacteria reference unit (GBRU) is the national reference laboratory for a range of gastrointestinal pathogens and provide specialist testing of clinical, food, water and environmental samples.
GBRU is part of Public Health England’s bacteria reference department (BRD).
GBRU is made up of 3 sections:
- foodborne pathogens reference services
- gastrointestinal infections reference service
- salmonella reference services
GBRU provides national reference facilities for many gastrointestinal associated bacteria, including:
- bacillus spp
- Clostridium botulism
- Clostridium perfringens
- Clostridium tetani
- staphylococcal enterotoxin detection
- Helicobacter pylori
- Escherichia coli
- Shigella, Vibrio & Yersinia species
GBRU also offers serodiagnostic testing for:
- Escherichia coli O157
- Yersinia enterocolitica
- Yersinia pseudotuberculosis
GBRU also undertakes research into the genetic diversity of pathogens and the development of improved detection and characterisation techniques for food, water and environmentally borne diseases and is also able to offer expert advice, education and training on public health aspects of food microbiology and safety.
For more information on GBRU services and contact details refer to the BRD user manual.
Guidance and forms
Public Health England
61 Colindale Avenue
To email individuals use: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone +44 (0) 20 8327 7887
Fax +44 (0) 020 8905 9929
DX address PHE Colindale Bacteriology, DX 6530002