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Eye and Canalicular Pus (Bacteriology, Wythenshawe Campus)

General information

Collection container (including preservatives): 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 placed in Amies transport medium with charcoal.

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 (e.g at room temperature, or within 4 hrs): If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48hr are undesirable.

Minimum volume of sample: Not applicable

Laboratory information

Measurement units: Not applicable

Biological reference units: Not applicable

Turn round time for provisional result (working days): 1 day

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, and preferably before application of local anaesthetic.


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



(Last reviewed March 21st 2018)