Microbiology is a diagnostic service that at kingston Hospital NHS Foundation trust comprises of 4 specialist areas;
Microbiology - receives almost any clinical specimen, including swabs, feces, urine, blood, sputum, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, as well as possible infected tissue. The work here is mainly concerned with cultures, to look for suspected pathogens which, if found, are further identified based on biochemical tests. Also, sensitivity testing is carried out to determine whether the pathogen is sensitive or resistant to a suggested medicine. Results are reported with the identified organism(s) and the type and amount of drug(s) that should be prescribed for the patient.
Serology - is concerned with identification of viruses in specimens such as blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid.
Parasitology - is concerned with the identifying parasite, predominantly in faeces
Mycology - Investgates for the presence of fungi that may cause disease process
Infection Control - addresses factors related to the spread of infections within the health-care setting, including prevention, monitoring/investigation of demonstrated or suspected spread of infection within a particular health-care setting.
Samples can be delivered directly to Pathology Reception at either Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust or Queen Mary's Hospital between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
Extended reception hours until 8.00pm operate at Kingston Hospital Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Monday - Friday and 9.00am to 6.00pm Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holidays.