The Virology Laboratory tests a wide range of patient specimens to detect the presence of viral antibodies and viral DNA/RNA. This includes HIV, hepatitis, influenza, SARS CoV-2 and chlamydia.

We work alongside the Infectious Diseases department and the Infection Prevention Control Team.

We have close links with the regional Health Protection Team for outbreak analysis.

The department aims to provide quality and timely diagnostic and advisory service to patients and service users within the Trust and local community.

Opening Hours and Location

The Virology Laboratory is open for the receipt of samples between 7.00am and 7.00pm Monday to Friday, and 8.00am to 6.00pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. For telephone enquires please call between the hours of 8.00am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am and 3.00pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. The laboratory is located at Hull Royal Infirmary within the Pathology Building.

Contact Details

  • General Enquiries: 01482 623229
  • Virology Laboratory Manager: 01482 624330
  • Clinical Advice: 01482 622680


Turnaround Times

Key Contacts

  • Clinical Lead: Dr Kirstine Eastick
  • Chief Biomedical Scientist and Virology Manager: Gillian Helm
  • Laboratory Admin Support: Emma Lowther

Referral Services

Some samples may be referred to other centres for further work or testing.