Virology

We provide a modern, rapid and fully comprehensive clinically-led diagnostic virology service. Clinical services include transplantation, HIV medicine, genito-urinary medicine, infectious diseases, stem cell and solid organ transplant, haematology and oncology, renal dialysis, hepatology, obstetrics and gynaecology, paediatrics, neurology and occupational health.

The service is highly automated, and has an extensive repertoire of serological- and molecular-based tests. It can identify a wide range of viral infections, and monitor viral load levels in patients undergoing antiviral treatments for infections such as HIV 1 and 2, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and cytomegalovirus. We provide a multiplex viral respiratory molecular assay, and a multiplex viral gastroenterology molecular assay to assist in the management and control of infection in the clinical setting.

We also provide an antiviral drug resistance service for patients undergoing treatment for HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and cytomegalovirus, serve as a national reference centre for the diagnosis of congenital cytomegalovirus infection – testing neonatal blood from Guthrie cards – and carry out DNA testing for bacteria associated with sexual health.
 

Consultant

Dr Mark Atkins

BSc (Hons), MSc, MBBS, FRCPath