Sample type and Volume required:
Screen – Adult 1 x Nose, 1x throat and 1 x perineum swab in Amies (blue or black top) transport medium. Children 1 x Nose, 1x throat and 1 x groin swab in Amies (blue or black top) transport medium. Other samples may also be required e.g. urine, sputum and respiratory secretions, wounds and cannula entry sites
1-2 day (negatives); 2-3 days (positives). Positive results are telephoned to the ward or clinical team by Infection Control Team or Microbiology clinical staff if an inpatient, if outpatient the ordering clinican will be contacted by the Infection Control team.
Storage and transport:
Place labelled samples in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Swabs received in the department by 18.00hrs will be processed the same day.