The Serology Laboratory, along with the Molecular Laboratory, provides an extensive clinical virology service to hospitals and general practitioners. We form part of the UK Clinical Virology Network.
Our routine diagnostic work includes hepatitis A, B, C and E serology, HIV serology, Syphilis serology and general serology. We also offer HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C testing on Dried blood spot samples.
The virus serology section detects antibodies to viruses and viral antigens in serum using automated assays. In addition, some bacterial antibodies are also assayed in this section. The majority of routine serology screening assays are performed on fully automated systems enabling the laboratory to process 90% of samples within 48 hours of receipt. Many of these screening assays are confirmed in house using other automated or semi-automated procedures.