Meningococcal PCR

This test is referred to another lab outside our network
This does not affect where samples are sent and where your results are issued.
Sample sent to PHE Manchester MRU referral laboratory for Meningococcal PCR. This real-time PCR identifies Neisseria meningitidis DNA and the meningococcal serogroup. This can be performed on EDTA (whole blood) or CSF.
Sample type and Volume required: 
500 ul plasma, or 4-9ml Purple Top EDTA blood (for whole blood or plasma), or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in sterile universal with no additives.
Turnaround time: 
14 days
Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Samples should be sent to CSR promptly as the sensitivity of assays that detect RNA/DNA depend on sample quality/integrity. Please store samples in a refrigerator if there is a delay in sending samples to CSR.
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 24/11/2017