Microbiology services are delivered at our Central Pathology Laboratory at The Royal Oldham Hospital.
Molecular detection of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neiserria gonorrhoea is performed using the Gen-Probe Tigris Analyser. Automated detection for TB is performed using a Becton Dickinson MGIT Analyser and molecular identification and detection of resistance genes is performed using the HAIN system. Blood cultures are continuously monitored on BacT/Alert analysers. Automated urine microscopy is performed on two Sysmex UF 1000i analysers.
The department performs antenatal and virology screening investigations on an Abbott Architect and Biomerieux VIDAS. Viral Load assays are performed using an Abbott M2000 PCR analyser. Bacterial identification and susceptibility testing is performed on two VITEK 2 analysers. LoopAmp technology has been introduced to detect Norovirus associated with hospital outbreaks.
Four Consultant Microbiologists, a Consultant Virologist, Junior Medical staff, one Service Manager and two Technical Managers head up a team of staff of varying grades including Advanced Biomedical Scientists, Specialist Biomedical Scientists, Trainee Biomedical Scientists, Associate Practitioners, Trainee Associate Practitioners and Biomedical Support staff . The Trust-wide Microbiology service processes in the region of 750,000 requests per year.