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Microbiology and virology

What is microbiology?

The Clinical Microbiology service for Greater Glasgow and Clyde is delivered from 2 laboratories based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

Each laboratory provides a full and comprehensive microbiology service to the population of Glasgow and Clyde. The laboratories are accredited by UKAS to ISO15189 and provide a modern diagnostic service which includes:

  • Microscopy – the use of microscopes to view samples
  • Culture – a method of growing microbial organisms under controlled laboratory conditions
  • Antimicrobial susceptibility testing – this helps determine the best treatment options.

Access to Microbiology and User Manuals: https://clinicalguidelines.nhsggc.org.uk/microbiology/

What is virology

Virology is the scientific discipline concerned with the study of the biology of viruses and viral diseases, including the distribution, biochemistry, physiology, molecular biology, ecology, evolution and clinical aspects of viruses.