London public health laboratory: services

The London laboratory provides public health microbiology services to communicable disease control consultants in local health protection units.

The laboratory provides Public Health England with diagnostic microbiology, virology, mycology and infection control services related to outbreak and other public health issues.

Services available

The laboratory provides a range of services which include:

  • active surveillance of community and healthcare-associated infections (HCAI), including antimicrobial resistance
  • translational research and development
  • hepatitis and respiratory virus infections
  • sexually transmitted infections
  • molecular diagnostic tests

User handbook

London 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

Results for around 80% of tests are available within 3 days.


Public Health Laboratory London

Public Health England
Third Floor, Zone C
Skipton House
80 London Road


Published 31 July 2014
Last updated 5 December 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated laboratory contact details.
  2. First published.