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

Samples should be sent to Pathology reception who will then transfer them to the Microbiology department.

Service Provided

The department provides a comprehensive routine and emergency out-of-hours diagnostic microbiology service, which together with its partner laboratory in Rotherham takes specimens from the Barnsley and Rotherham hospitals and the local area’s.

Clinical advice is offered by 2 Consultant Medical Microbiologists located at Barnsley together with cover from the consultant and associate specialist at Rotherham.

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

Please click on the sub sections down the Right hand side to find more detailed information about the tests provided.

Important Telephone & Bleep Numbers

Main laboratory – enquiries and results

  • 01226 432687

Bacteriology laboratory

  • 01226 432687

Virology laboratory

  • 01226 432726

Laboratory manager

  • 01226 433044

BMS – emergency out-of hours service

  • Via switchboard

Laboratory Hours

A full service is available Monday to Friday 8.30 am to 8.00 pm. There is a limited service for essential work only on Saturday/Sunday 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.

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 and is contactable via switchboard.


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

  • Consultant Medical Microbiologist and director of Infection Control – ext 2749 bleep 207
  • Consultant Medical Microbiologist – ext 4986 bleep 207
  • Secretary to Consultant Microbiologist – ext 2825

Senior BMS (Biomedical Scientist Staff)

  • Integrated Laboratory Manager
    • 01226 433044 (Barnsley)
    • 01709 304741 (Rotherham)
  • Deputy Head BMS & Site Operational Manager
    • 01226 433044
  • Senior BMS bacteriology
    • 01226 432687 or 433044
  • Senior BMS (Virology)
    • 01226 432726 or 433044