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Update to Telephoning of Positive Microbiology Results from 20th June 2016

 Dear Microbiology Service User,

 I am writing to inform you of an upcoming change to the telephoning of positive results from Derby Teaching Hospitals Clinical Microbiology department.

 The department of microbiology currently telephones the following positive results to GP surgeries:

Campylobacter species

Salmonella species


Gonorrhoea species


Shigella species

Ecoli 0157

Group A streptococci

Cryptosporidium species

 Following a review of this service we have found that the results have already arrived via the electronic link and are available on your system.

 A decision has therefore been made to cease telephoning any positive results with effect from 20th June 2016.

 If there any concerns relating to this change please contact:

Rebecca Turner, Microbiology Manager on 01332 788219 or via rebecca.turner4@nhs.net


Kind regards

The Microbiology Team

Royal Derby Hospital

(Modified by AOM 05.07.16)

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