The Department of Clinical Microbiology

The Department of Clinical Microbiology

Clinical Microbiology

The Department of Clinical Microbiology processes approximately 350,000 specimens a year and provides comprehensive diagnosis, management and control of microbial disease for the North Nottinghamshire Health Community. The department processes a range of patient specimens for bacterial, fungal, serological and molecular investigations. Clinical advice and laboratory diagnostic facilities are available on a 24 hour basis.

The department is accredited by United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

Department Opening Hours

Laboratory Routine Working Hours:

Monday to Sunday: 07:00 am to 21:00 pm

On-call Service (Urgent specimens):

Monday to Sunday: 21:00pm to 07:00 am

 On-Call Service (Clinical Advice):

Monday to Friday: 21:00pm to 07:00 am

All samples identified as urgent MUST arrive in the laboratory within 20 minutes of the request for urgent processing being made unless the sample is from a patient at Newark Hospital.

Meet the Team

Head of Service / Consultant Microbiologist – Dr Ambalkar

Consultant Microbiologist – Dr Purohit

Microbiology Service Manager 

Higher Specialist Biomedical Scientists – Simon, Micaela, Rhonda 

Consultant PA / Department Secretary – Jackie and Helen

Useful links & Patient Info Leaflets

Infectious Diseases in Pregnancy Screening 

Information for Patient collected specimens can be found here

The Microbiology user handbook can be accessed here


The Pathology Service at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing a high quality diagnostic service supporting the clinical requirements of all users.

We are required by UKAS, our accreditation body, to carry out an annual survey to seek feedback from our users as to whether the Department meets their expectations and requirements. This feedback will help us shape the future of the service and help us to continuously improve.

We would be most grateful if you could spare a few moments to complete the below questionnaire. All responses will be anonymous.

Service user survey


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