Sample type and Volume required:
joint (knee/hip), pleural, kidney transport, peri-cardial, miscellaneous fluid samples
Cell count (where appropriate) and Gram stain same day.
Culture result 2 - 3 days
Positive Gram stain and culture results notified immediately.
Storage and transport:
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Samples should be refrigerated if transport to the laboratory is delayed.