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Clinical microbiology

Clinical microbiology laboratories study infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites.

They offer advice to clinicians on suitable treatment and prevention of infections - such as choice of antibiotics and strategies to prevent the spread of infection.

Our clinical microbiology laboratories also work very closely with the infection control teams in our hospitals and Public Health England (PHE) to monitor infection rates.


Petri Dish

We have bacteriology, virology, mycology and enteric laboratories within the clinical microbiology department in Leicester. Our laboratories are led by consultant microbiologists and employ highly trained and experienced biomedical and clinical scientists.

Find out more about the services we provide Download the Clinical microbiology Handbook


The general contact number can be used to access all Clinical Microbiology Departments is 0116 2586542

The following areas have new information:

Specimen labelling and request information

Specimen storage

Blood Cultures

More information:

Understanding InfectionsHealth Protection Agency