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 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 has UKAS Accreditation according to ISO 15189 (2012) standards and 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 from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday, and 8.30am to 12 noon on Saturdays. There is on-call cover on Sunday morning from 8.00am to 12 noon. The laboratory is located at Castle Hill Hospital, Entrance 2.

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.