The Microbiology Department plays a pivotal role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with infection, developing and testing new antimicrobials, monitoring the spread of antimicrobial resistance and disease, educating and advising fellow health professionals on the prudent use of antimicrobials both in the hospital and community. We also provide diagnostic support to the Infection Prevention & Control team. We’ve rapid access to national reference laboratory facilities through the Health Protection Agency Laboratories network and provide epidemiological data for the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre in Colindale, and investigate outbreaks of infectious disease in support of the Consultant(s) in Communicable Disease Control at the Health Protection Unit.


Microbiology is accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) to BS EN ISO15189:2012.

Microbiology accreditation no. 10296

How to find us

We are based at the Norwich Research Park Innovation Centre on Colney Lane. Please note there are no facilities for patients or other individuals to drop off specimens or mail, these must be taken to Pathology Reception East Block Level One at the main NNUH site.

Outside our routine hours an emergency on call service operates providing both clinical and technical support.

Opening Times

Monday: 9am-8pm
Tuesday: 8am-8pm
Wednesday: 8am-8pm
Thursday: 8am-8pm
Friday: 8am-8pm
Saturday: 8am-4pm
Sunday: 8am-4pm
Bank Holidays: 8am-4pm

Contact Details

Main Telephone Number: 01603 288587

Cessation Of Legionella Pneumophila Serology Service

On 1 September 2017 we stopped carrying out a Legionella pneumophila antibody testing service. We continue to offer a Legionella urinary antigen testing service.

Please feel free to contact us if you require further clarification.

Dr. Davis Nwaka

Bacteriology Clinical Lead, Microbiology Department, EPA


Chris McDonnell

Virology/Serology Chief BMS, Microbiology Department, EPA


Other Links

Microbiology – Eastern Pathology Alliance

Microbiology Specimen Container Guide