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All results should be interpreted in conjunction with clinical presentation and findings.

Reporting of routine results

Including Reference Laboratory results

All results will be accessible via EPR or GP electronic systems as soon as they are ready.

Results that are not on the EPR are not available out of hours.

In the event of EPR downtime, results should be accessible via CaseNotes.

Vancomycin, Tobramycin, Amikacin and Gentamicin results are available via the Biochemistry section on CaseNotes.

Please do not contact the on-call Microbiology SpR or BMS for results.

Alerts regarding urgent results

The primary responsibility for accessing and acting upon the result of any test rests with the requesting clinician.

We endeavour to telephone the following urgent results to the clinical team.

  • All positive culture results from blood cultures and CSF
  • All positive culture results from other normally sterile sites (e.g. bone and joint debridement samples)
  • All positive stool culture results for inpatients or those with a clear public health implication (except C.difficile toxin testing)
  • All newly positive HIV, viral hepatitis and syphilis results
  • Significant virology and molecular diagnostic results that require discussion e.g. CMV DNA positive results in pregnancy or neonates or positive CSF virology screens

Sometimes urgent results will be preliminary results requiring further work/confirmation.

Test results that have been requested urgently out of hours will be phoned through to the requesting team.

Always provide your bleep number to facilitate this process.

Last reviewed:09 February 2023