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The Public Health Laboratory for London is based at Barts and the London NHS Trust. The laboratory provides the HPA with diagnostic microbiology, virology, mycology and infection control services related to outbreak and other public health issues.

Clinical and public health laboratory

  • Lead Public Health Microbiologist for London: Prof. Rick Holliman
  • Regional Head of Operations: Ross McEwan

    Public Health Laboratory, London
    Barts and The London
    3rd Floor
    Pathology & Pharmacy Building
    80 Newark Street
    London E1 2ES

Tel (general enquiries) +44 (0) 20 3246 0311
Tel (results line) +44 (0) 20 3246 0311
Fax (specimen reception) +44 (0) 20 3246 0367
: CPA: Microbiology 0874; Virology 1937

Health Protection Agency, Barts and The London Laboratory: Guidebook for Environmental Health Officers, Consultants in Communicable Disease Control and Primary Care Groups (PDF, 104 KB) 

The laboratory is CPA-accredited and in addition to its HPA function offers a full range of microbiology and virology tests. It processes approximately 1,500,000 specimens per year including those from primary care, external contracts and environmental health departments.

As part of the HPA's Laboratory Network, the laboratory provides public health microbiology services to communicable disease control consultants in local Health Protection Units (including specimen processing, outbreak management and advice). Results for around 80% of tests are available within three days.

Clostridium difficile Ribotyping Network for England  (CDRNE) for the London region.  

Lab services

  • Active surveillance of community and healthcare-associated infections (HCAI), including antimicrobial resistance
  • Translational research and development
  • Hepatitis and respiratory virus infections
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Molecular diagnostic tests
  • Molditov identification of bacteria

View a list of general clinical tests available from the majority of HPA regional microbiology laboratories. Please call the laboratory to confirm test availability.


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