Clinical Microbiology

The Microbiology service is a comprehensive, clinically-led service provided for Bacteriology, Infectious Serology (including Molecular services), Mycology and Parasitology testing.
We offer clinical advice for Infection Prevention and Control and we have access to a wide range of reference facilities for specialist and confirmatory testing.


This service performs a wide range of testing for infectious diseases, including:

  • Blood cultures
  • Faeces (including Parasitology)
  • Urines
  • CSF
  • Swabs
  • Lower and upper respiratory tract
  • Mycobacteria (TB)
  • Mycology samples for fungal infection
  • Routine screening (MRSA)

Infectious Serology & Molecular

This section provides specialist testing in the following areas:

  • Infectious serology (including HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis, Helicobacter pylori)
  • Molecular (including Chlamydia, Gonorrhoeae, Norovirus, Respiratory)
  • Routine screening (Antenatal)
  • HPV testing for patients from Cornwall and Plymouth (in conjunction with Cytology)

Key Clinical Microbiology Contacts

Head of Department

Dr Richard Bendall (Consultant Medical Microbiology)
01872 254900

Administration Manager

Kathy Pollard
01872 254974

Out of Hours on-call Biomedical Scientist

Bleep 3934 or via the Royal Cornwall Hospital Switchboard on 01872 250000

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