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Eye and Canalicular Pus (Bacteriology, Oxford Road Campus)

General information

Collection container: Collect specimens other than swabs into appropriate CE marked leak proof containers and place in sealed plastic bags.

Any available pus should be sampled as well as the lesion of interest.

Swabs for bacterial and fungal culture should be taken with a single liquid eSwab.

Specimen type:


culture B

Eye Swab


Small syringes (0.25ml) containing pus will be accepted, but the needle MUST be removed before submission.

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

Laboratory information

Turnaround time for provisional result (working days): 1 day

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

Clinical information

Factors known to significantly affect the results: Collect specimens before antimicrobial therapy where possible, and preferably before application of local anaesthetic.

Limitations: Superficial swabs, although not ideal, may be all that is available. Deep-seated samples if available should be sought.


(Last reviewed March 21st 2018)