Sample type and Volume required:
Screen – 1x throat and 1 x rectal swab in Amies (blue or black top) transport medium.
Swabs received in the department by 18.00hrs will be processed the same day.
2-3 days. Positive results are telephoned to the ward or clinical team by Infection Control Team or Microbiology clinical staff.
Storage and transport:
Please place screen swabs (both) in the same sealed transport bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Samples should be refrigerated if transport to the laboratory is delayed.