Southampton specialist virology centre (SSVC)

Laboratory tel: 023 8120 6408


Hospital location: B level, laboratory and pathology block, University Hospital Southampton

Address: Southampton specialist virology centre, Level B, laboratory & pathology block, University Hospital Southampton, Tremona Road, Southampton, Hampshire, SO16 6YD


Southampton Specialist Virology Centre staff
 Name/positionTelephone Email 

Dr Emanuela Pelosi

Consultant medical virologist / Director of the SSVC


023 8120 5101


Dr Eleri Wilson-Davies

Consultant medical virologist


023 8120 1379

Dr Gill Underhill

Consultant medical virologist


023 8120 4577


Emma Andrews

Virology operations manager


023 8120 6408


Dr Simon Friar

Clinical scientist / SSVC development lead


023 8120 6408


Christopher Labdon

Lead biomedical scientist in serology


023 8120 6408

Nicola White

Lead biomedical scientist in Molecular


023 8120 6408


Respiratory virus PCR sample collection including SARS-coronavirus-2 (the causative agent of COVID-19)



Change of collection media for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea testing

The Southampton Specialist Virology Centre now only accepts Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea samples in the Alinity m multi-Collect Specimen Collection kit. We no longer accept Hologic Aptima samples.

If you have any questions regarding the transition, please don't hesitate to contact us. All of the telephone and email details can be found at the top of this page.

Abbott Alinity multi-collect contents 2

 Aptima CTGC collection kit - Multi use Aptima CTGC collection kit - Urine

Aptima CTGC collection kit - Vaginal