The Microbiology department provides a 24 hour service 365 days a year for patients in East Surrey and Crawley Hospitals and for those from GP surgeries in the surrounding area of East Surrey and West Sussex.
The lab processes approximately 215,000 samples a year including blood, urine, faeces, blood culture, sputum, swabs and sterile fluid including cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).
We diagnose infection in the body caused by pathogenic (harmful) bacteria and viruses and advise on antibiotic treatment where appropriate.
The laboratory aims to provide a high quality, timely and effective diagnostic and consultative service appropriate to the needs of the clinical users within the Trust and Clinical Commissioning Groups and conforming with all relevant CPA and ISO standards.
The laboratory is based at Crawley Hospital and employs a 31 members of staff, made up of Biomedical Scientists and Medical Laboratory Assistants who are supported by three Consultant Microbiologists.