Meningococcal PCR and antibodies

Sample type and Volume required: 
CSF and PLASMA (i.e. EDTA sample) for PCR
Turnaround time: 
PCR 2 – 3 working days Antibody – several weeks
Special sample instructions: 

PCR request sent to Ref laboratory if findings indicate risk of infection. Antibody sample should be collected 3 weeks after onset of infection – is only of value for retrospective diagnosis.

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