Welcome to microbiology

Plate organising system With more than 300 staff, and led by a high performing team of specialist consultants, clinical scientists, and managers, our philosophy is to achieve excellence through innovation, in all our services which include cellular pathology, microbiology and molecular biology, immunology clinical biochemistry, haematology and blood transfusion.

We host the regional and reference laboratories for immunology and virology, providing a wide range of UKAS accredited tests, and our cellular pathology department provides an invaluable service to our regional cancer centre, based at Royal Preston Hospital.

We have always been early adopters of new technology including molecular technology, and we are a local delivery partner for the 100,000 genome project in Lancashire and South Cumbria. We have invested in electron microscopy to support our regional renal service, and have plans to expand further.

This is an exciting time for pathology services, and we have been developing a regional collaborative that will optimise opportunities for growth, innovation and research.

Our microbiology service

We deliver a large and complex microbiology service, with a wide repertoire of analytical procedures provided for a broad range of clients. In addition to clinical microbiology and infection control services to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and the GP community, virology services are provided to hospitals throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria, and specialist viral and bacterial serology tests on a regional and national basis.test tubes

We work in collaboration with colleagues throughout the hospitals and in the community, to drive innovation, streamline pathways and improve care for patients.

Our OPAT service has won national awards for innovation and this best practice is being adopted by other hospitals around the country.

We have recently established a new molecular pathology department has been created and the range of molecular tests offered increased to include additional virology, haematology and oncology tests.

Our microbiology lab is within our pathology department, and is accredited by UKAS.