General Information / Microbiology - Specimen Collection
Please ensure the correct sample container is used: Click Here
Please ensure the sample is correctly labelled and request card completed to ensure acceptance by the laboratory: Click Here
Specimens for routine investigations should be collected as early in the day as possible to ensure that they arrive in the laboratory during normal working hours.
Blood for Antibiotic Assay: Click Here
Blood for Antibody Studies: Click Here
Blood Cultures: Click Here
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF): Click Here
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Samples for Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD): Click Here
Chlamydia Collection Information: Click Here
Pus: A few mL of pus in a sterile 60mL universal bottle or a few drops in a capped syringe with the needle removed is much better than a swab.
Faeces: Click Here
Sputum: Click Here
Lower respiratory tract specimens for Pneumocystis examination: Bronchoalveolar lavage specimens are best for identifying this organism. If this procedure cannot be carried out then sputum induction with nebulised hypertonic saline can be helpful, although false negatives are common. This must only be done in a single-bedded room to prevent cross-infection.
Surgical Specimens: SPECIMENS MUST NOT BE PUT IN FORMOL SALINE for microbiology. Use dry sterile containers, e.g. sputum pots. Make sure specimens are sent directly to the laboratory and not refrigerated. The laboratory should be informed if the specimen is urgent or requires processing out of hours.
Skin scrapings, hairs and nails for mycology: Use a sputum pot or a “dermapack” collection pack.
Swabs: Click Here
Threadworm (Enterobius) investigation: Click Here
Urine: Click Here
Viral Culture: Click Here
Web Page Reviewed: 28/06/2019
If you have returned from China, South East Asia, Iran or northern Italy in the last 14 days please visit the website www.gov.uk/coronavirus for further information.
If you have travelled from one of the countries or areas listed on that website and have a fever, shortness of breath or a cough please do not go to the hospital or your GP. Stay at home and call NHS 111 for further advice, even if your symptoms are mild.
If you need to come to hospital for any other reason please be reassured our hospitals are functioning as normal.