Test Information

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Test name Specimen Turnaround time
ACANTHAMOEBA Corneal scrape
Culture PCR
10 days
3 days
ADENOVIRUS Faeces 72 hours
ADENOVIRUS PCR EDTA, throat swab, eye swab, vitrous humour, NPA, induced sputum, Urine 72 hours
AFB (Examination for TB) Sputum/BAL/fluids/tissue/ 3 x early morning urine 8 weeks
ANTENATAL SEROLOGY Serum separator tubes 72 hours
ANTIBIOTIC ASSAYS
(Biochemistry in house: gentamicin, vancomycin & tetcoplanin )
Serum separator tube 2 hours
ANTIBIOTIC ASSAYS
(Referred)
Serum separator tube Up to 7 days (phoned report)
BACTERIAL MENINGITIS PCR
(FOR Viral see CSF Virology)
CSF, EDTA Up to 72 hours
BCR-ABL EDTA 24 hours
BLOOD CULTURES Aerobic and Anaerobic bottles (or Paediatric bottle) Up to 7 days before discard
BORRELIA BURGDORFERI SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 24 hours
CHLAMYDIA SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 72 hours
CHLAMYDIA TRACHOMATIS PCR Penile swab, Endocervical swab, Urine (minimum 5 ml required), eye swab 72 hours
CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE Faeces 24 hours
CSF BACTERIOLOGY Plain sterile (universal) Up to 72 hours
CSF VIROLOGY Plain sterile (universal) 48 hours – 2 weeks depending on test
CULTURE (ALL SPECIMENS) Relevant swab/container (consult laboratory if advice is required) Up to 5 days
CULTURE MRSA Pink – topped COPAN E-swab Up to 72 hours
CYTOMEGALOVIRUS (CMV) AVIDITY Serum separator tube 72 hours
CYTOMEGALOVIRUS (CMV) SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 72 hours
ENTEROVIRUS PCR CSF, skin swab 72 hours
EPSTEIN BARR VIRUS (EBV) SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 72 hours
FIIV Blue 24 hours
GALACTOMANNAN (Aspergillus index value) Serum separator tube Up to 7 days
HELICOBACTER PYLORI ANTIGEN Faeces 7 days
HEPATITIS A-C SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 48 hours
HEPATITIS B PCR EDTA 5-7 days
HEPATITIS C PCR EDTA 3-5 days
HEPATITIS E SEROLOGY Serum separator tubes 7 days
HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS TYPE 1 AND 2 PCR CSF, brain tissue, eye swab, genital swab 48 hours
HIV SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 48 hours
HIV RNA PCR EDTA 3-5 days
INFLUENZA A & B PCR EDTA, throat swab, induced sputum, BAL 48 hours – 24 hours in peak season
JAK2 EDTA 72 hours
LEGIONELLA ANTIGEN Urine 24 hours
MEASLES IgG Serum separator tube 48 hours
MEASLES IgM Serum separator tube 72 hours
MRSA PCR Culture Swab 2 hours
MUMPS IgG Serum separator tube 48 hours
MUMPS IgM Serum separator tube 5 days
MYCOBACTERIAL PCR
On consultant request
Various types 3 days
MYCOPLASMA IgM Serum separator tube 72 hours
NOROVIRUS Faeces 48 hours
PARAINFLUENZA VIRUSES 1,2,3 PCR EDTA 48 hours – 24 hours in peak season
PARVOVIRUS B19 SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 72 hours
PNEUMOCOCCAL URINARY ANTIGEN Urine 24 hours
PNEUMOCYSTIS CARINII IF NPA, BAL, induced sputum 72 hours
QUANTIFERON GOLD Quantiferon tubes 7 days
ROTAVIRUS Faeces 72 hours
RSV PCR EDTA, NPA, throat swab, induced sputum, BAL 48 hours – 24 hours in peak season
RUBELLA ANTIBODIES Serum separator tube 5 days
SYPHILIS SCREEN Serum separator tube 48 hours
TORCH SCREEN Serum separator tube 5 days
TOXOPLASMA SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 48 hours
URINE CULTURE Boric acid universal or 7ml paediatric boric acid container (red top) Up to 5 days
VARICELLA ZOSTER IgG Serum separator tubes 48 hours
VARICELLA ZOSTER IgM Serum separator tubes 72 hours
VZV PCR CSF, skin swab 48 hours
Other tests are available, some of which are sent to reference laboratories. Check with the laboratory if further information is required.