Microbiology & Infection

The Microbiology and Infection Service is accredited (suspended from March 2019) with the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) in accordance with International Standard ISO 15189: 2012. Accreditation is limited to those activities described on our UKAS schedule of accreditation found on the UKAS website, www.ukas.com Ref: 9678.

The Microbiology laboratories, situated on Level 7 RSCH and 1st floor PRH, provide acomprehensive service in diagnostic clinical microbiology including virology and food and environmental testing. The service is closely allied with the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Several honorary positions are affiliated to the service as a result of this close collaboration. 

To look for sample requirements and reference ranges for a particular test use the A to Z links or search function.

For Infection Prevention and Control click here (BSUH website) or here (BSUH staff info-net).

Laboratory information

Opening hours

On-call service

On-call/out of hours HIV testing

Contact numbers

Clinical advice including QVH consultant cover

Environmental Microbiology Unit


Specimens and requests

Request forms



Specimen collection and transportation

Routine specimens

Urgent specimens

Requests for additional examinations


Factors affecting test performance and interpretation of result

Taking blood cultures


Virology and Serology (microbiological)

HIV request/testing policy

Diagnostic service

Screen/immunity/follow-up service

Other services