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Test name Sample type Turnaround
Adenovirus DNA (quant)

 75Ml K3 EDTA     20Ml Universal Container

7.5mL Potassium EDTA Whole blood OR Universal Container for random Faeces or Respiratory sample

2 - 3 days

Adenovirus/Rotavirus/Norovirus (Gastro Enteroviral screen)

 20Ml Universal Container For Faeces

20mL Universal container with spoon - Random faeces

5 - 7 days

Amoebic serology

7.5mL Serum Plain White Tube

7.5mL Clotted blood

7 days

Anti-Staphylococcus antibodies

7.5mL Serum Plain White Tube

7.5mL Clotted blood

12 - 14 days

Anti-Streptococcal antibodies

7.5mL Serum Plain White Tube

7.5mL Clotted blood

1 - 3 days

Arbovirus serology

7.5mL Serum Plain White Tube

7.5mL Clotted blood - one well filled white clotted tube sample ONLY.

At the phlebotomy stage we also would like to request all virology samples to be thoroughly mixed (inverted 6-7 times) to enable proper clotting. 

14 days

Ascites & Peritoneal Fluid - AFB culture

20Ml Universal Container

20ml Universal Container

Please ensure all Containers used are "CE" marked leak proof container

AFB Film: 1 day Mon-Fri (Routine Microscopy), 

              3 days Sat-Sun (Urgent Microscopy only done after discussion                                                   with the Out of Hours Microbiology Consultant) inc Bank Holidays.

Tb Culture: Up to 42 days 

Ascites & Peritoneal Fluid routine culture (MC&S)

20Ml Universal Container

20ml Universal Container  +

27Ml K2 EDTA

2.7ml EDTA for WBC count (Diff) 

Please ensure all Containers used are "CE" marked leak proof container

  • Preliminary culture results are issued at 48hrs.
  • A further week’s enrichment will be attempted - should growth occur a further report will be issued.
  • Microscopy - Gram stain result available within 24hrs of processing.
Aspergillus antibodies

7.5mL Serum Plain White Tube

7.5mL Clotted blood

14 days

Aspergillus antigen screen

7.5Ml Clotted Blood

7.5mL Clotted blood

14 days

Avian Precipitins

7.5Ml Clotted Blood

7.5mL Clotted blood

14 days