Guidance

Public health microbiology services for the south-east of England

The public health microbiology service in the South East is provided by the University Hospital of Southampton and Brighton and Sussex University Hospital.

The University Hospital of Southampton was the regional Public Health England (PHE) laboratory until 1 September 2018, when the management of the laboratory was transferred to the University Hospital Southampton Trust.

Southampton is continuing to provide the service for public health microbiology on an interim basis for the South East region - principally serving the Wessex and Thames Valley areas.

The Brighton and Sussex University Hospital is the PHE collaborating centre, and performs the public health microbiology services for the South East region, principally serving the Kent, Surrey and Sussex areas.

Both laboratories provide clinical microbiological testing services to local health trusts, the NHS and general practitioners. The University Hospital of Southampton no longer provides a regional Clostridium difficile ribotyping service as this service has now been relocated to Leeds.

Services available

Both laboratories provide a full range of tests in:

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

User handbook

Information on the Brighton and Sussex University Hospital (including contact details) can be found in the Brighton and Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust Collaborating Centre User Handbook.

Contact details for the University Hospital of Southampton are provided below. The service is now provided by the trust - there is no PHE user handbook for this hospital.

Tests

Call the laboratory directly to confirm test availability.

Turnaround times

Contact the laboratory directly to confirm turnaround times.

Contact

Brighton and Sussex University Hospital PHE Collaborating Centre

Contact details are provided in the Brighton and Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust Collaborating Centre User Handbook.

University of Southampton General Hospital

Public health laboratory Southampton

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

Southampton
SO16 6YD

Published 31 July 2014
Last updated 6 August 2019 + show all updates
  1. Updated information on the microbiology services provided in the South East.

  2. First published.