Microbiology repertoire (last updated 2 Mar 2015)
The Department of Microbiology aims to provide clinically relevant information to its users through the provision of a timely, accurate and reliable scientific service with clinically appropriate advice. The laboratory is based at Maidstone hospital and there is consultant presence at both acute sites.
The Consultants offer clinical advice and access to broader clinical consideration through Departmental Meetings and Multidisciplinary meetings.
Consultants offer 24 hour advice for urgent cases. The Consultants normally visit the wards regularly. Scientific Staff offer a 24 hour diagnostic service for urgent cases.
Detailed Specimen collection instructions are available with certain specimen types
Antimicrobial Drug Level Monitoring
Gentamicin and Vancomycin levels are now performed by Clinical biochemistry department.
Results are available on PAS (if requested via PAS) as soon as authorised.
For other antibiotic levels, discuss with Microbiology consultant
NB. Gentamicin may be given once a day (OD). Here only one level is required - taken 12-18 hours after the dose is given. The level - called a random level (as the time is collected anytime after 12 hours of the dose given) is reported accurately to one decimal place.
For clinical advice, please contact Microbiology consultant
Microbiology Out of Hours Emergency Service
The on-call BioMedical Scientist (BMS) works from outside the hospital and may be contacted via the Hospital switchboard.
Urgent clinical advice is available from the Consultant Microbiologist via the hospital switchboard.
Results, other than from On-Call samples, are not available outside normal hours.
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