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Swab Collection

Place swab in tube containing transport medium, e.g. “Transwab”. Swabs that are not sent to the laboratory immediately can be stored at room temperature for up to 24 hours.

For the diagnosis of Pertussis pernasal swabs are available and are preferred to cough plates. Swabs should arrive (by arrangement with the laboratory) within half an hour of being taken, as the causative organism is particularly fastidious.

Eye swabs

Swabs should be submitted in Chlamydia transport medium for PCR investigation.


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While contagious viruses are active year-round, winter is a prime time for norovirus, colds, influenza (flu), and other respiratory illnesses.


These infections are highly contagious, so we urge people to stay away unless their visit is absolutely essential to help reduce the spread of infection within our hospitals.

Hospitals are full of sick people, many of them frail and elderly, so bringing germs into a hospital is the worst thing you can do.  We have an active programme of infection prevention but we can’t spot visitors who really shouldn’t be here.  Please stay at home if you’re unwell to help aid the wellbeing and recovery of our patients.