Body fluid microbiology


Test indications

  • Bacterial infection
  • Fungal infection
  • TB

Test information

State anatomical site and suspected cause.

Samples required

Body fluid:

  • from sterile sites e.g. ascitic fluid, bile, pleural or synovial fluid,
  • from other sites e.g. wound drainage, abscess fluid.

In sterile universal container. Do not add fixative or formalin.

Turnaround time*

9 working days (negative results typically available 2 days earlier).

60 working days for routine TB specimens.

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.