Microbiology

Contact Microbiology

  • Departmental Contacts

    A/Prof Andrew Daley
    Head of Department
    Medical Microbiologist
    Paediatric Infectious Diseases Physician
    Infection Control Officer
    Tel: 9345 4850/Pager 4850

    Dr Vanessa Clifford
    Medical Microbiologist
    Paediatric Infectious Diseases Physician
    Tel: 9345 4907

    Dr Lai-yang Lee
    Medical Microbiologist
    Infectious Diseases Physician

    Tel: 9345 6898


    Mr Nigel Kelly
    Principal Scientist
    Tel: 9345 5727/Pager 5736      

    The department provides a 24 hour service by the following provisions:

    Bacteriology

    Normal Laboratory Hours

    • Monday to Friday: 0845 to 2400 hours (Limited service after 1715 hours)
    • Saturday & Public Holidays: 0800 to 2400 hours (Limited service after 1715 hours)
    • Sundays Good Friday & Christmas Day: 0800 to 2400 hours (Limited service)
    • Senior Scientist: Gena Gonis
    • Contact: 9345 6341

    Urgent "on - call" Service

    • All other times outside normal laboratory hours, specimens that require urgent processing are referred to the On-call Scientist after consultation with clinical microbiologists/infectious diseases physicians on-call.
    • Cerebrospinal fluid does NOT require consultation with the clinical microbiologists/infectious diseases physicians for after hours testing and should be sent to the Haematology Laboratory at RCH or the Core Laboratory at RWH as soon as possible.

    Microbial Serology

    Normal Laboratory Hours

    • Monday to Friday: 0845 to 1715 hours
    • Senior Scientist: Karin Rautenbacher
    • Contact: 9345 4910

    Urgent "on - call" Service

    • Staff needle stick serology after hours will be sent to the Biochemistry Laboratory at RCH.  
    • Urgent varicella-zoster virus serology will be performed the next working day.
    • There is no other formal after-hours service provided by this laboratory.

    Molecular Microbiology/Virology

    Normal Laboratory Hours

    • Monday to Friday: 0845 to 1715 hours
    • Saturday: 1000 to 1400 hours
    • Senior Scientist: Anna-Maria Costa
    • Contact: 9345 5848

    Urgent "on - call" Service

    • There is no formal after-hours service provided by these laboratories.

    There is also available on a 24 hours on-call basis, a Clinical Microbiologist and the Principal Scientist for laboratory based enquiries. Please contact through RCH switchboard.