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 Andree Evans
01872 254900

Lead Scientist – Clinical Microbiology and Laboratory Manager

Dr Gemma Vanstone
01872 2524946

Lead Biomedical Scientist – Clinical Virology

Herty Narcho
01872 2524975

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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