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Microbiology services at MFT are based in the Clinical Sciences Centre. The MFT Oxford Road site is an amalgam of Manchester Royal Infirmary, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, Saint Mary’s Women’s and Infants’ Hospital and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

The Microbiology Department at Manchester Foundation Trust (Oxford Road campus) is situated on the second and third floors of Clinical Sciences Buildings (CSB 1, 2, 3). The Meningococcal Reference Unit and Vaccine Evaluation Unit are also situated within the second and third floors of CSB1 and CSB2.

The Virology Department at Manchester Foundation Trust (Oxford Road campus) is situated on the third floor of Clinical Sciences Buildings of Clinical Science Buildings (CSB1 and CSB2). Specimen reception and serology are based in CSB1 and Molecular Diagnostics is based in CSB2.

The clinical sciences buildings can be accessed from The Boulevard during normal working hours. Visitors should report to reception on arrival.

The postal and DX addresses are as follows:

Manchester Medical Microbiology Partnership
Clinical Sciences Centre
Manchester Royal Infirmary
Oxford Road
Manchester M13 9WL

Manchester Medical Microbiology Partnership
Manchester 90 M

The Microbiology department at Wythenshawe Hospital has transferred to Oxford Road Campus. All specimens should be transported to the the pathology specimen reception as rapidly as possible after collection to avoid compromising results. Specimens may be transported via normal portering rounds/transport arrangements during the normal working day. When bacteriology and virology tests are to be performed, on the same specimen, a separate specimen for each laboratory is preferred to ensure timely receipt and processing in each laboratory. Specimens are then transported six times a day (weekday) and three times a day at the weekend to the microbiology and virology laboratories at the Oxford Road Campus.

All specimens are tracked to the microbiology department at Oxford Road Campus. Specimens are transported at 08:30, 9:00, 11.00, 13:00, 15:30 and 18:30 Monday – Friday. At the weekend specimens are tracked and transported to Oxford Road Campus at 9:00, 11:00 and 16:00.

For any urgent requests outside of working hours contact the on call Biomedical Scientist through Oxford Road Campus Switchboard (0161 276 1234). Wythenshawe specimen reception will arrange for the specimens to be transported to the Oxford Road Campus by courier.

A team of Clinical Microbiologists remain onsite at Wythenshawe Hospital to provide microbiological clinical advice to service users.

Turnaround times

All specimens must be delivered to the laboratory as soon as possible in order to provide the best possible service and keep turnaround times to a minimum. Each laboratory monitors laboratory turnaround times for each test. We aim to complete 95% of tests reports within agreed target turnaround times. Any test that does not meet 95% of the agreed target turnaround time will be investigated to ensure corrective actions and improvements are put in place. The laboratory monitors laboratory turnaround time which is from point of receipt into the laboratory until reported result, and also the full end to end turnaround which includes from when the user collected the sample.


(Last reviewed March 2023)