Sample type and Volume required:
Vaginal and rectal swabs and urine. A "3in1" sample (throat and rectal swabs combined with urine) can also be tested. All samples must be collected using the appropriate Aptima collection kit containing either swab or urine. Urine samples must be filled between the black lines on the Aptima urine tube. For swabs place only the sample swab into the Aptima swab tube, NOT the cleaning swab. Avoid piercing the aluminium sample caps as these need to be intact prior to analyser piercing to prevent sample contamination.
Special sample instructions:
To collect "3in1" samples, place both rectal and throat swabs into a yellow Aptima urine tube and express the swabs into the liquid. Remove and discard BOTH swabs. Next, add the urine into the same yellow Aptima urine tube, filling to BETWEEN the black lines.
Storage and transport:
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Samples DO NOT require refrigeration.