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The MMMP offers a wide range of molecular diagnostic assays for viral, bacterial, fungal and parasite infections. We are continuing to develop a microbiology molecular diagnostic service that will provide a wide range of clinically relevant diagnostic assays exploiting the real time PCR platforms available within the MMMP.

The molecular diagnostic services are developed by senior clinical scientists and routine assays undertaken by biomedical scientific staff. Within this unit there is an active programme in developing new molecular approaches to diagnosis and characterisation of pathogens. Consultant microbiology staff have a leading role in establishing the clinical utility of the service.

The total workload is approximately 300,000 specimens (600,000 tests) per annum.

Laboratory opening hours

The laboratory is open:

Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 5.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 12.30pm
Sunday (October to March): 8:30am to 12:30pm

Clinical advice

A full clinical advice service is maintained 24 hours a day.

For advice during normal working hours: Tel: 0161-276-8854/8788.

For clinical advice out of hours: Tel: 0161-276-1234 and ask for the duty Consultant Virologist.

For technical advice during normal working hours: Tel: 0161-276-8833

For testing out of hours

There is no routine ‘out of hours’ service for molecular diagnostics.


Result enquiries can be made through the microbiology call centre.

Tel: 0161-276-8854/8788

Results will only be telephoned when requested or if there is a clinically significant result

(Last reviewed March 2023)