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Mycology Department

The Mycology section acts as the National Mycology Reference Centre.

Aspergillus hyphae

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Aspergillus hyphae


Full service:0800 - 1600 Monday to Friday.


Specimens are not automatically cultured for fungi.

If a mycotic infection is suspected, this should be clearly noted on the request form.

For further information, contact the Mycology laboratory (ext 22710) or:

Email Wendy McKinney

Further contact details:

Dr Sally Roberts , Microbiologist: ext 22705 Cellphone 021 674 140
Dr Sharmini Muttaiyah
, Microbiologist: ext 22700 Cellphone 021 156 9883
Dr Mary de Almeida , Microbiologist: ext 22700 Cellphone 021 170 9117
Dr Gary McAuliffe,
Microbiologist : contact via Lablink

Request Forms

Processing and reporting depend entirely on information supplied.

Use a Microbiology request form and give:

  • Full relevant clinical particulars
  • Full patient identification.
  • Exact identity of specimen and site of collect.
  • Any current, recent or proposed antifungal therapy.
  • Date and time of collection.

    For medico-legal reasons, incorrectly labelled or unidentifiable specimens cannot be processed.

    Specimen Transport

    To ensure that special and urgent specimens reach the Mycology laboratory quickly, where you do not have access to the vacuum tube system, either transport the specimen yourself, or ask a nurse to take it to the laboratory for you.

    In general non-urgent specimens, collected out of normal hours can be safely refrigerated until next day.

  • Acanthamoeba Culture

    Aspergillus Precipitins

    Aspirated Pus


    Bronchial Washings and Lavages

    CAPD Fluid

    Cryptococcal Antigen


    Fungal Air Testing

    Leishmania Culture

    Nail Clipping

    Nocardia Culture

    PCP- Pneumocystis

    Skin Scraping

    Sputum and Tracheal Aspirate

    Susceptibility Testing




    Mycology Reference Laboratory Isolate Referral Form.

    Click on link below to download Mycology Reference Worksheet:

    LabPLUS Mycology Reference Laboratory Referral Form

    Last updated at 08:30:07 29/03/2018