Coronavirus Covid-19 Information

The Microbiology Department is primarily involved in the diagnosis of infectious diseases and provides a routine diagnostic service to St James’s Hospital and to general practitioners (GPs) in the catchment area.

The Microbiology Laboratory is divided into three sections: 

  • Bacteriology
  • Serology
  • Molecular Microbiology

The Microbiology Department is part of the Laboratory Medicine (LabMed) Directorate

  • Monday to Friday 8pm to 8am

    Saturday 1pm to 12am

    Sunday 24 hours

  • General information

    Please refer to the Labmed User Guide for information on the following:

    • test repertoire offered
    • specimen requirements for ordering, collection and transport
    • frequency of testing
    • turnaround times
    • information on storage of samples in the event of a delay in transport to the laboratory
    • relevant notes specific to each test

    Clinical advice/out of hours services

    Advice regarding diagnosis and treatment of infection is available at all times. For out of hours advice including infection control advice, please contact the on-call consultant microbiologist or on-call medical scientist via the main hospital switchboard (01) 410 3000.

    Please note that the microbiology medical scientist must be bleeped for urgent specimens to be processed out of hours, users should not telephone the laboratory as telephones are not staffed out of routine hours.

Contact Details

Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm
Saturday 8am to 1pm

How to find us

First floor, Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Pathology building

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