Last updateWed, 22 Oct 2014 9am


Location of laboratory

Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading

Name and postal address of the laboratory

Virology Laboratory
Department of Microbiology
South Block
Royal Berkshire Hospital
Reading RG1 5AN

DX address Reading Microbiology Lab
Reading 90 RG

Telephone number for enquiries & fax number 0118 322 7715 Virology Enquires
0118 322 7718 General Enquires
0118 322 8780 Fax

Staff Dr Jane Sellwood Consultant Clinical Virologist
0118 322 7730

Dr Andrew Stacey Consultant Microbiologist
Head of Microbiology Department
0118 322 7720

Vicky Lock Chief BMS Virology
0118 322 7721

What do we do? Virus identification
Cell culture is used for virus isolation
Direct immunofluorescence is used for rapid detection particularly for NPA specimens
EIA is used for norovirus, rotavirus antigen detection


BD ProbeTech is used for diagnostic tests and for the national screening programme


The virus serology section assays antibodies to the full range of viruses and viral antigens in serum using manual and automated assays for diagnosis and screening including complement fixation tests.

Analysis for Bacterial antibodies (Mycoplasma, ASO, syphilis, helicobacter) and some antigens (Legionella, Pneumococcal) are also done in this section. Instruments used are Vidas, Liaison, Triturus 4


This laboratory currently hosts the Health Protection Agency Environmental Virology Unit which undertakes the investigation of viral food and water outbreaks; also research on human viruses in the environment.

Out of hours’ service

Weekend cover is provided for the urgent analysis of serum for blood borne viruses.


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