Test indications

Investigation of suspected infection.

Test information

State current/ intended antibiotic therapy.

State anatomical site of lesion.

State whether collected at operative procedure.

Samples required

Pus is always preferable to a swab where possible.

In a sterile universal 30 or 60 mL container.

Turnaround time

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

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.