Microbiology Department, University Hospital South Manchester
The Microbiology department at University Hospital of South
Manchester (UHSM) provides diagnostic services to Wythenshawe and
Withington Hospitals as well as General Practitioner surgeries in
the South Manchester area and beyond.
Laboratory opening hours
The laboratory is open:
Monday to Friday: 9.00am -7.00pm*
*Outside of working hours contact the on call Biomedical Scientist
through Switchboard (0161 998 7070) for urgent requests.
Saturday: 8.30am - 5:30pm
Sunday: 9.00am - 5:00pm
The total workload is approximately 315,000 specimens per
Use of pneumatic tube
CSF and respiratory samples including sputum, BALs etc MUST NOT
be sent via the pneumatic tube. All other specimens, e.g.
swabs, tips, clotted bloods, blood cultures, faeces and urines can
be sent via the pneumatic tube. If you have any doubt about the
suitability of sending a sample via the pneumatic tube system,
contact the department on ext: 4819
Obtaining results or clinical advice
For Medical Microbiology advice for the more complicated cases,
contact the duty microbiologist on extension 2885 or via
Providing clinical information and an accurate description of
the nature of the specimen are important for correct processing and
reporting by the laboratory. Please indicate clearly on the request
form if there is a history of foreign travel.
Preliminary culture results are available 24 hours after
specimen receipt (at the earliest), and sensitivities usually after
a further 24 hours. For 'special' samples such as blood cultures
and CSF, the microbiologist will inform the clinicians of initial
significant results as soon as they are known.
Culture plates are read by the biomedical scientist in the
morning, but please give the staff some time to do this. Most
results should be available by 11.30am. For microbiology
results, please check ICE in the first instance. In cases of
difficulty or for further clarification, the laboratory enquiry
number is 0161 291 4819.
Please refer to the antibiotic guidelines in the first instance
for the commoner microbiology enquiries regarding treatment. New or
junior doctors should discuss queries with their own clinical team
before calling the Medical Microbiologist
For infection control advice alone, the infection control nurses
can be contacted on extension 2630 or bleep via switch during
routine working hours.
Sensitivity results are reported as follows:
S= Sensitive (fully)
I= Intermediate (reduced sensitivity)
Additional tests can be requested on all samples by contacting
the laboratory, and providing an additional request. Most
samples are stored for a maximum of 7 days, although it must be
recognised that used samples will have a limited volume and for
some tests old samples may influence the culture results.
All urgent results will be telephoned when requested or if there
is a clinically significant result a
Microbiologist or BMS will contact the requesting ward.
Results are not routinely faxed but this can be
arranged on a restricted basis.
For other results/enquiries during normal working hours: Tel:
Out of hours service
For urgent out of hours processing of samples adopt the
1. Call the Biomedical Scientist (BMS) on-call, via the
switchboard at Wythenshawe, after you have collected the sample.
The BMS will not come to the laboratory to wait for
2. Transport of the sample to the correct laboratory in a timely
fashion is the responsibility of the ward, not of the BMS on-call
and should be via the portering system or pneumatic tube.
All samples must be accompanied by a request form. We require
four identifiers on all samples and request forms. These
1. First name
3. Date of birth
4. NHS or hospital number
Ensure that the request form includes the correct Consultant Code
Dr Mairi Cullen
Head of Department
|(0161) 291 2884
Dr Ibrahim Hassan,
|(0161) 291 4756
Dr Stephanie Thomas
|(0161) 291 4792
Dr S Mirza
|(0161) 291 5812
Dr F Gronthoud
|(0161) 291 2892
||(0161) 291 4784/4863
Mr David Weston
|(0161) 291 4759
Deputy Laboratory Manager
|(0161) 291 4758
||(0161) 291 4862/4754
||(0161) 291 4755
|Clinical advice line
||(0161) 291 2885
|(0161) 291 4819
|(0161) 998 7070