Meningococcal & pneumococcal detection

Referred to Meningococcal Reference Unit, Public Health England, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester M13 9WL

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Samples required

EDTA blood (purple cap, 4 mL tube). Smaller tubes are available for paediatric samples.

Please send a separate EDTA blood specifically for this test if requesting several tests.


Test indications


Test information

  • PCR
    • Neisseria meningitidis
    • Streptococcus pneumoniae (please send at least 0.5mls of CSF sample for this test.)

Reference range


Turnaround time

See virology and microbiological serology turnaround times.


Microbiology (Virology and Serology), ext. 64627