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Sputum Collection

Use wide-necked pots with screw-on lids. For most purposes an uncontaminated early morning or post-physiotherapy specimen is preferred. Saliva is not suitable.

Culture of non-purulent material is not helpful as mouth flora inevitably predominates. Inadequate specimens will be discarded. For M. tuberculosis and fungal culture, at least three early morning specimens are required.


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Tour de Yorkshire takes place this weekend, starting in Bridlington on Friday.  Don’t get delayed if you need to attend NHS services for an appointment or otherwise; please check local radio for info on road closures and allow extra time for travelling.