Meningococcal and diphtheria screening swabs


Test indications

Investigation of possible outbreaks.

Test information

As directed by the Consultant in Communicable Disease Control (CCDC) only.

Samples required

Nose/throat swabs.

Turnaround time*

2 working days.

Please note turnaround times have been temporarily amended due to pressures on service - see Microbiology service changes September 2021.


* Quoted turnaround times are the time from receipt of specimen into the laboratory to 90% of reports leaving the laboratory. Stated times are based on normal working hours, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory bank and public holidays.