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Culture (Bacteriology)

General information

Collection container (including preservatives): Collect specimens in appropriate CE marked leak proof containers and transport specimens in sealed plastic bags.


eSwab for Oxford Road campus

culture Aculture B

Charcoal swab for Wythenshawe campus


Specimen type: Please state anatomical site on request form

Collection: Use aseptic technique.

Specimen transport: Specimens should be transported and processed as soon as possible.

Minimum volume of sample: Not applicable

Special precautions: If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48hr are undesirable.

Laboratory information

Measurement units: Not applicable

Biological reference units: Not applicable

Turn round time for provisional result (working days): 2 days

Turn round time to final result (working days): 2-3 days

Clinical information

Clinical decision points: Not applicable

Factors known to significantly affect the results: Collect specimens before antimicrobial therapy where possible.
Specimens should be transported and processed as soon as possible


(Last reviewed March 21st 2018)