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The Microbiology Laboratory is situated within the Department of Pathology on the first floor of Barnsley Hospital.

Samples should be sent to pathology reception who will then transfer them to the Microbiology Department.


Services provided

The Microbiology Department provides a comprehensive routine and emergency out-of-hours diagnostic microbiology service. Together with our partner laboratory in Rotherham, we take specimens from the Barnsley and Rotherham hospitals, and the wider local area.

Clinical advice is offered by two Consultant Medical Microbiologists located at Barnsley Hospital, with cover from the consultant and associate specialist at Rotherham Hospital.

Technical enquiries should be directed towards the Biomedical Scientists of the department.

Laboratory hours

A full service is available Monday to Friday 8.30am to 8.00pm. 

There is a limited service for essential work only on Saturday and Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm.

At all other times urgent analyses are provided by an emergency out-of-hours on-call service staffed by one Biomedical Scientist (BMS) working from home. They are contactable via the switchboard.

Important telephone & bleep numbers

Main laboratory (enquiries and results)

Bacteriology laboratory

Virology laboratory

Laboratory manager

Biomedical scientists – emergency out-of-hours service

Contact via the hospital switchboard


Microbiology is a consultant led service with medical and laboratory staff always available to answer queries and provide help. During “normal working hours” please contact them directly on the numbers below, out of hours and at weekends. Please contact the switchboard who will put you through to the consultant who is on-call.

Consultant Medical Microbiologist and Director of Infection Control:
extension 2749 or bleep 207

Consultant Medical Microbiologist:
extension 4986 or bleep 207

Secretary to Consultant Microbiologist:
extension 2825

Senior Biomedical Scientist staff (BMS)

Integrated Laboratory Manager

Call: 01226 433044 for Barnsley Hospital’s Integrated Laboratory Manager

Call: 01709 304741 for Rotherham Hospital’s Integrated Laboratory Manager

Deputy Head BMS and Site Operational Manager

Senior BMS (Bacteriology)

Senior BMS (Virology)

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  • Page last reviewed: 13 July 2023
  • Next review due: 13 July 2024