Throat Swab for Culture (Bacteriology)
Collection container (including preservatives):
Collect specimens in appropriate CE marked leak proof containers
and transport specimens in sealed plastic bags.
Collect swabs into Amies transport medium with charcoal and
transport in sealed plastic bags.
Specimen type: Swab
Collection: Throat swab taken from the
tonsillar area and/or posterior pharynx, should be taken avoiding
the tongue and uvula.
Specimen transport: Specimens should be
transported and processed as soon as possible.
Minimum volume of sample: Not applicable
Special precautions: Fastidious anaerobes, such
as Fusobacterium necrophorum, will not be recovered from
samples that are delayed.
When Diptheria is suspected, advice from a Consultant
Microbiologist should be sought prior to sample submission.
Scarlet fever presentations should be noted on the request form as
they are notifiable.
Pharyngeal swabs for N.meningitidis carriage should be
Pharyngeal swabs for N.gonorrhoeae carriage are not
advised; inoculation directly onto culture media at the time of
collection within a GUM clinic is recommended.
Measurement units: Not applicable
Biological reference units: Not applicable
Turn round time for provisional result (working
days): 48 hrs
Turn round time to final result (working days):
48 - 72hrs
Clinical decision points: Not applicable
Factors known to significantly affect the
results: Collect specimens before antimicrobial therapy