Microbiology Department

General Information

The Microbiology laboratory offers a range of diagnostic services in routine Bacteriology and Virology as well as the provision of statistical and cumulative data for infectious disease monitoring. The Consultant Microbiologist has roles both in the laboratory and directly in patient care by providing advice on infectious diseases and antibiotic utilisation.

Microbiology User Manual (PDF)

Pathology Department General User Guide (PDF)

Services Provided

  • Diagnostic Bacteriology including antimicrobial susceptibility testing
  • Andrology Service
  • Multi drug resistant organism screening (MRSA, VRE, CPE)
  • Infectious disease surveillance
  • Guidance on Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • Provision of training for student Medical Scientists
  • Referral of Mycology, Mycobacteriology, Parasitology and Virology specimens to external laboratories

Department Contacts

Dr Michael Mulhern, Consultant Microbiologist: michaelf.mulhern@hse.ie

Judith Rodgers, Chief Medical Scientist: judith.rodgers@hse.ie

Department Phone Numbers

  Internal Extension External Direct Dial
Dr Michael Mulhern 4090 074 910 4479
Secretary to Dr Mulhern 4479 074 910 4479
Microbiology Laboratory 3610 074 912 3610
Surveillance Scientist 3662 074 912 3662

Routine Opening Hours

Monday-Friday                        0800 – 2000

Outside these hours the on-call Medical Scientist can be contacted on 173-816 for URGENT requests.

Urgent Requests

Please telephone the Microbiology laboratory on 3610 for urgent requests during routine hours.

Urgent requests outside routine hours

Please telephone the on-call Medical Scientist on 173-816 or switchboard.

Results and Enquiries

Results are available for viewing on wards (via ICM or via the Laboratory Information System) following authorisation of the results by the laboratory staff.

Hard copies are released when printed and delivered to the hospital wards. GP reports are available via Healthlink.  Hard copies are available on request.

Quality Assurance

The Microbiology laboratory participates in external third party quality assurance schemes operated by:

  • IEQAS (Irish External Quality Assurance Scheme)
  • UKNEQAS (UK, National  External Quality Assurance Scheme)

(Rev 37, date last modified  15/03/2024. Change Details:  Change Description: date modified  15.03.2024. Change Description: MP-GEN-0064, General User Manual updated (Rev 9). Change detail listed within document. NOTE: If printed, information on this page is only valid on day of printing.)