National Infection Service Specialist Microbiology Network: Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust Public Health Collaborating Centre: Public health microbiology services user handbook – Public Health England

The collaborating laboratory at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals (BSUH) NHS Trust is within the PHE network. BSUH NHS Trust Microbiology and Infection Service deliver both diagnostic and specialist microbiology testing to the NHS and to the community at large.

Guidance on investigating cases, clusters and outbreaks of Legionnaires’ disease: For Public Health England health protection teams – Public Health England

The guidance brings together information on Legionnaires’ disease from Public Health England and other organisations to: set out roles and responsibilities for public health investigation and enforcement highlight specific considerations for investigation of potential sources of infection in healthcare, travel

Detection and enumeration of Listeria monocytogenes and other Listeria species: National Infection Service Food Water and Environmental Microbiology Standard Method – Public Health England

The method described is applicable to the detection and enumeration of Listeria monocytogenes and other Listeria species in all food types. These include milk and dairy products, and in environmental samples. These methods are well referenced and represent a good

Detection of Salmonella species: National Infection Service Food Water and Environmental Microbiology Standard Method – Public Health England

This document details a method for detecting Salmonella species in all food types, including: milk and dairy products raw molluscan shellfish raw shell eggs This method also applies to detection of Salmonella in environmental samples, such as swabs and cloths.

Multi-drug resistant Shigella sonnei cluster (CTX-M-27) probably associated with MSM: Information for healthcare professionals – Public Health England

This guidance provides additional information for microbiologists regarding susceptibility testing for Shigella spp. It relates to PHE’s investigation of a specific MDR cluster of CTX-M-27 S. sonnei identified in the UK and USA in 2018 (10-SNP cluster CC 152 1.3.197.460.1360.%). It also discusses the limited treatment

The Use of Biomarkers in Carcinogenic Risk Assessment – Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment

This guidance statement from the Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COC) explains how biomarkers are utilised within the individual components of the risk assessment process.

National Infection Service Specialist Microbiology Network: Public Health Laboratory Manchester – Public Health England

The Manchester laboratory provides bacteriology, virology and molecular diagnostic services to the NHS and health protection units. The handbook details the services provided by the Manchester public health laboratory and the food, water and environmental microbiology service Preston laboratory.

Summary of Results: Norovirus and Hepatitis A virus Scheme: External Quality Assessment for Microbiology – Public Health England

This Scheme provides external quality assessment samples for laboratories that examine food products or waters for hepatitis A virus and norovirus using the reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR). Regulation (EC) No 669/2009 sets out specifications for an increased level of

Pertussis brief for healthcare professionals: Identify, manage and test cases of pertussis – Public Health England

This factsheet will help health professionals to identify and test cases of pertussis by providing: identification of cases treatment of cases laboratory testing for pertussis

Laboratory-confirmed cases of measles, rubella and mumps, England: July to September 2018: Health Protection Report Volume 12 Number 42 – Public Health England

Quartlerly report with commentary, on cases confirmed by PHE’s Virus Reference Department or national routine laboratory testing (mumps only).

Norovirus and hepatitis A virus scheme: sample schedule 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 – Public Health England

This proficiency testing (PT) scheme is suitable for laboratories that examine viruses in food products or waters using molecular methods. This norovirus and hepatitis A virus scheme sample schedule is for the period 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019.

Referral of presumptive positive avian influenza A(H7) and A(H5) human samples to the National Reference Laboratory – Public Health England

This document provides advice for laboratory professionals on: actions prior to initial primary testing for suspected human cases of avian influenza indications for transfer of clinical specimens for confirmation of primary test results and how this should be arranged

Laboratory Investigations for Avian Influenza A(H7) and A(H5) Human Infections in England – Public Health England

This document provides guidance for health professionals in England on: what clinical specimens to send when testing is agreed contacting your Public Health England public health laboratory how results are reported