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Advice & Referrals - Infectious Diseases and Microbiology

Checked: 10-05-2024 by 5 Rob Adams Next Review: 10-05-2026

Infectious Diseases

The Infectious Disease service operates in partnership with the microbiology teams across both acute Trusts. Details are available at:

Advice and guidance

Please use eRS for Advice and Guidance regarding semi/non-urgent advice (turnaround 2 working days). Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Travel advice including non-acute post-travel illness
  • Guidance on investigations recommended in the work up of an illness that may be caused by a non-acute infection
  • If you wish to discuss the benefit of a clinic referral.

Advice requests should ideally be typed into the free text window on e-RS rather than attaching a separate letter or Word document. If you attach a Clinical Information Summary, please ensure it is named this, so that clinicians at secondary care can opt to look at it if they wish to turn the request into a referral.

Please see Infectious Diseases - NBT for instructions on how to complete a request through eRS.

 

Routine and urgent face-to-face consultations

Referrals for clinic appointments should also be made via eRS. If you believe someone should be seen within a week please also contact the admin team (IDadmin@nbt.nhs.uk) for the purposes of highlighting the referral.

If someone should be seen urgently but not necessarily admitted – e.g. fever in an otherwise well returning traveler – please contact the Infectious Diseases Registrar via Southmead Hospital switchboard for same day review on SDEC.

Microbiology

Advice can be obtained via phone for urgent concerns or email for non-urgent advice for queries such as:

  • Antimicrobial choices
  • Bacteriology result interpretation or queries

Please contact the appropriate trust department as detailed in the sections below.

NBT Microbiology

Urgent/same day clinical advice

Please call: 0117 4146222 (option 2 then option 1).  Monday -Friday 09:00-17:00.

Outside of these hours for urgent advice please call the Microbiology Spr via NBT switchboard

Non-urgent clinical advice

Please email: NBTMicroClinicalAdvice@nbt.nhs.uk  (expected turnaround time of 24 hours the next working day).

UHBW (Bristol) Microbiology

All Microbiology clinical advice enquiries to go through 0117 4146222 (option 1 then option 1 again)

Monday -Friday 09:00-17:00.

Outside of these hours for urgent advice please call the Microbiology Spr via UHBW switchboard

UHBW (Weston) Microbiology

Urgent Enquiries

Please call: 01934 881304.  Monday -Friday 09:00-17:00.

Outside of these hours for urgent advice please call the Microbiology Spr via WGH switchboard.

Non- Urgent Enquiries

Please email: WGHClinicalMicrobiology@uhbw.nhs.uk  (expected turnaround time of 24 hours the next working day).

Please see attached document for further details: wgh-micro-contact-details-vs2.pdf (icb.nhs.uk)



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