Microbiology Department, central MFT

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Laboratory opening hours

The laboratory is open:

Monday to Friday: 8.00am – 5.00pm (Outside of working hours contact the on-call Biomedical Scientist through Switchboard (0161 276 1234) for urgent requests)

Saturday: 8.30am – 12.30pm

Sunday: 8.30am – 12.30pm

The total workload is approximately 600,000 specimens per annum.

Clinical advice

For clinical advice during normal working hours (Monday to Friday): Tel: 0161-276-8788/8854

  • For MFT users please check the ICE interface for results in the first instance.
  • General culture results are available 24 hours after specimen receipt (at the earliest), and sensitivities usually after a further 24 hours.  For samples such as blood cultures and CSF, the Microbiologist will usually inform the clinicians of initial significant results as soon as they are known.
  • Internal users, please refer to the antibiotic guidelines, in the first instance, for the commoner microbiology enquiries. These are available on the intranet at the following address: http://cmhtweb.cmht.nwest.nhs.uk/directorates/micro/default.asp
  • New or junior doctors should discuss queries with their own clinical team, before calling the Medical Microbiologist.
  • For Medical Microbiology advice for the more complicated cases, the Medical Microbiology team should be contacted on 0161-276-8788/8854 via switchboard.
  • For Infection Control advice alone, the Infection Control Nurses can be contacted on extension 64042 or via switchboard.
  • Clinical advice on Mycology results/problems is available from Dr A Dodgson (0161) 276 6010 or Dr K Dodgson (0161) 276 5746

Additional tests

Additional tests can be requested by contacting the laboratory; most samples are stored for a maximum of seven days.


All urgent results will be telephoned when requested or if there is a clinically significant result. A Microbiologist or BMS will contact the requesting ward. Results are not routinely faxed but this can be arranged on a restricted basis.

For other results/enquiries during normal working hours: Tel: 0161-276-8788/8854

Out-of-hours service

The Microbiology out-of-hours service is an emergency service.

A limited number of investigations are offered out of normal laboratory hours (ie. 17.00 – 08.30 weekdays, 12.30 to 08.30 Saturdays, and 08.30 to 08.30 Sundays and Bank Holidays) where urgent results are required. The duty BMS can be contacted through hospital switchboard (0161 276 1234).

The following tests are available as appropriate:

  • Paediatric Emergency Admission urines Children <3yrs old
  • Paediatric Emergency Admission urines Children >3yrs old with a Dipstick positive for Leucocytes or Nitrate. CSF (Cell Count & Culture) Samples requiring TB investigations cannot be processed out of hours.
  • Ascitic / Peritoneal Fluid (Cell Count & Culture)
  • Joint Fluids (Gram stain & Culture) Crystal investigations are performed by Histopathology
  • Sterile Fluids from all areas will be considered for processing after discussion with the BMS on call, samples requiring investigations that require lone containment level 3 working will not be performed.

Contact details

Name External number Internal number
Dr Andrew Dodgson
Clinical Lead, Consultant Microbiologist, Infection Control Doctor
(0161) 276 6010 66010
Dr Ed Kaczmarski
Lead Consultant Microbiologist
(0161) 276 5746 65746
Dr Debasis Sanyal
Consultant Microbiologist (paediatrics)
(0161) 276 5089 65089
Dr Ahmed Qamruddin
Consultant Microbiologist
(0161) 276 4282 64282
Dr Kirsty Dodgson
Consultant Clinical Scientist
Deputy Infection Control Doctor
(0161) 276 5746 65746
Dr Barzo Faris
Consultant Microbiologist
(0161) 746 2470 14857
Mrs Gemma Shaw
Microbiology Secretary
(0161) 276 5686 65686
Specialist Registrars Office (0161) 276 6333 66333
Mrs Rachel Jones
PHE Regional Head of Laboratory Operations/Head BMS MMMP
(0161) 276 5747 65747
Mr Malcolm Armstrong
Deputy Laboratory Manager
(0161) 276 8822 68822
Mrs Katherine Mather
Deputy Laboratory Manager
(0161) 276 4909 64909
Mrs Phillipa Burns
Deputy Laboratory Manager
(0161) 276 3577 63577
Fax (0161) 276 5744 65744
Hospital Switchboard (0161) 276 1234 0

(Last reviewed March 21st 2018)