Faeces (Routine culture and parasitology)

Culture based tests for bacterial causes of acute gastroenteritis / dysentry (eg Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli 0157 and Shigella). Please notify the laboratory if unusual pathogens suspected (eg Yersinia or Vibrio cholerae). Microscopy for the detection of parasites.
Clinical details: 
Food poisoning, Diarrhoea and vomiting (D&V)
Synonyms or keywords: 
Stool culture
Sample type and Volume required: 
Stool specimen in a sterile universal (half filled). Ensure the specimen reaches the laboratory within 48 hours.
Turnaround time: 
2-3 working days
Special sample instructions: 

Please provide relevant clinical information including foreign travel to named countries.

Storage and transport: 
: If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature.
Infection Sciences Department at Bedford Hospital
01234 795913
Bedford Hospital
Kempston Road
MK42 9DJ
For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 07/08/2015