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Microbiology benchworkers
Scientists at work in microbiology

The microbiology laboratories at Epsom and St Helier hospitals provide a 24-hour quality diagnostic, interpretative and clinical service.

The microbiology laboratory provides a comprehensive bacteriological and virological diagnostic service for general practitioners and hospital clinicians.

The experienced medical and scientific staff are able to give advice on a wide range of microbiological matters such as diagnosis and management of infections and communicable diseases, antibiotic information and control of infection.

The microbiology team works closely with the infection control specialist nurses to provide a comprehensive control of infection service for the hospital and associated community services.

  • Guide to microbiology tests and directory Microbiology test directory containing all tests for bacteriology, serology, virology and others.
  • Opening hours and out-of-hours service Details of opening hours and the out-of-hours emergency service for the microbiology department
  • Bacteriology The bacteriology section of the microbiology department deals with the isolation, identification, and antibiotic sensitivity testing of clinically significant bacterial isolates from clinical samples.
  • Virology The virology laboratory has a wide repertoire of tests both routine and specialist, including hepatitis and HIV.
  • Information and guidance Information and guidance for test performed by the microbiology department.


Key staff

Dr J Stephenson
Consultant microbiologist and Joint Head of Department

Dr Justin Bendig
Consultant microbiologist and Joint Head of Department

Dr Sharon Chambers
Consultant microbiologist and Clinical Lead, based at Epsom Hospital

Dr J P Clark
Consultant microbiologist and infection control doctor

Gail Carroll
Lead Biomedical Scientist -Bacteriology

Dawn Andrew
Lead Biomedical Scientist -Virology

Mr Girish Patel
Microbiology service manager


Contact details

Tel: 020 8296 2468
Fax: 020 8296 2260