Transportation of routine samples to the laboratory
All users of these laboratory services are advised to refer to
"Transport of Infectious Substances - Best Practice Guidance for
Microbiology Laboratories" on the www.dh.gov.uk website for up to
date information on the correct procedures for submitting
All specimens should be transported to the laboratory as rapidly
as possible after collection to avoid compromising results.
Specimens may be transported via normal portering rounds during
the normal working day.
Generally, specimens that are not sent within two hours of
taking (excluding blood cultures) must be stored in a fridge at
+4°C until transported to the laboratory.
Non-urgent specimens collected outside routine laboratory
working hours may be stored overnight in the refrigerator, with the
exception of blood cultures.
Blood cultures should never be refrigerated but sent directly to
the laboratory reception. Please contact the laboratory if there
are specific questions regarding transportation of specimens.