The Department of Microbiology provides a comprehensive microbiological service for the diagnosis and prevention of infectious disease in the hospital. The Department has been relocated from LG1, Block K to 16/F, Block T, the newly renovated building in Queen Mary Hospital on 8 May 2017.
We are one of the three hospitals in the Hospital Authority which provide 24-hour clinical microbiology service. We serve 7 hospitals in Hong Kong West Cluster, catering for both inpatients and outpatients with almost 600,000 requests annually. Urgent services are reported within hours, for example serology testing for organ transplant cases and screening of severe emerging infectious disease such as SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19), influenza A H7N9 and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. This allows earlier diagnosis and hence better patient care and infection control management. Our department is able to respond rapidly to the ever-accelerating changes of our society and the disease demographics. In addition, we closely cooperate with the infection control team to spot out the source of outbreaks and to achieve early control of hospital acquired infections.
The Department also provides a 24-hour consultation services for the clinical departments by our in-house Microbiologists and Microbiologists from the University of Hong Kong. We aim to get aligned with the clinical consultation to better target the patients’ needs and to bring the most out of the laboratory to the patients.
- Bacteriology, including multidrug-resistant organism screening
- Virology, both conventional culture and rapid molecular test
- Molecular pathology- rapid detection of Influenza A virus subtype H5, H7 Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, etc.