South east public health laboratory: services

Public health laboratory Southampton, based in Southampton General Hospital, is the public health laboratory for the south east region.

The laboratory provides clinical microbiological testing services to local health trusts, the NHS and general practitioners. Southampton laboratory is part of the Clostridium difficile Ribotyping Network (CDRN). It provides clinical testing and diagnostic services to the region to assist the investigation, prevention and control of communicable disease and infection.

Staff in the laboratory support the work of general practitioners as well as healthcare organisations, such as hospitals and primary care trusts, in their areas.

Services available

Southampton laboratory provides a full range of tests in:

  • bacteriology
  • serology
  • virology
  • molecular diagnostics
  • parasitology
  • mycology
  • molecular epidemiology

User handbook

South east public health laboratory: user handbook

Brighton and Sussex Hospitals NHS trust collaborating centre: 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

Contact the Southampton laboratory to confirm turnaround times.


Public health laboratory Southhampton

Southampton Laboratory Level B
South Pathology Block
Southampton General Hospital
Tremona Road

SO16 6YD

Published 31 July 2014