Test Information

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Turnaround times for referred tests are from when the referral laboratory receives the sample.

Test name Specimen Turnaround time
ACANTHAMOEBA PCR (Referred) Contact lens fluid, corneal scrape in sterile saline in Plain sterile (universal) 3 days
ADENOVIRUS PCR EDTA, throat swab, eye swab, faeces 3 working days
ANTENATAL SEROLOGY Serum separator tubes 8 working days
ANTIBIOTIC ASSAYS
(Biochemistry: gentamicin, vancomycin & tetcoplanin)
Serum separator tube 2 hours
ANTIBIOTIC ASSAYS
(Referred: Amikacin & Tobramycin)
Serum separator tube Up to 7 days (phoned report)
B-D-Glucan (Referred) Serum separator tube Up to 7 days
BLOOD CULTURES Aerobic and Anaerobic bottles (or Paediatric bottle) Up to 6 days
In the case of suspected endocarditis, up to 11 days
BORRELIA BURGDORFERI SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 2 working days
CARBAPENAMASE CULTURE SCREEN (CPE) Pink – topped COPAN E-swab (rectal swab) or stool sample in plain top universal Up to 72 hours
CHLAMYDIA TRACHOMATIS PCR Penile swab, Endocervical swab, Urine (minimum 5 ml required), eye swab 3 working days
CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE Faeces 4 hours
CORNEAL SCRAPE SWAB/PLATES Pink – topped COPAN E-swab / plates from microbiology on request Up to 4 weeks
CSF VIROLOGY Plain sterile (universal) 48 hours – 2 weeks depending on test
CSF BACTERIAL PCR (N.meningitidis, S. pneumoniae etc.) (Referred) Plain sterile (universal) Up to 5 days
CULTURE – CSF Plain sterile (universal) Up to 3 days
CULTURE – CAPD Large sterile pot Up to 6 days
CULTURE – SWABS (wound/skin/ENT/vaginal/penile/endocervical/urethral) Pink – topped COPAN E-swab Up to 5 days
CULTURE – TISSUE/FLUID Plain sterile (universal) Up to 10 days

CULTURE – SPUTUM/BAL

SPUTUM/BAL/COUGH SWABS – FROM CYSTIC FIBROSIS PATIENTS

Plain sterile (universal)

Plain sterile (universal) or Pink – topped COPAN E-swab

Up to 5 days

Up to 8 days

CYTOMEGALOVIRUS (CMV) AVIDITY Serum separator tube 3 working days
CYTOMEGALOVIRUS (CMV) SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 3 working days
ENTEROVIRUS PCR CSF, skin swab, green topped viral swab 3 working days
EPSTEIN BARR VIRUS (EBV) SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 3 working days
FAECAL – BACTERIAL PATHOGENS PCR & ENTERIC VIRAL PATHOGENS PCR Blue faeces pot Up to 5 days

FUNGAL CULTURE – SPUTUM/BAL

HAIR/NAIL CLIPPINGS/SKIN SCRAPINGS

Plain sterile (universal)

Dermapak

Up to 4 weeks
GALACTOMANNAN (Aspergillus index value) (Referred) Serum separator tube Up to 7 days
HELICOBACTER PYLORI ANTIGEN Blue faeces pot 7 working days
HEPATITIS A-C SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 2 working days
HEPATITIS B PCR EDTA 7-14 working days
HEPATITIS C PCR EDTA 3-5 days working days
HEPATITIS E SEROLOGY Serum separator tubes 7 working days
HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS TYPE 1 AND 2 PCR CSF, brain tissue, eye swab & genital swab green topped viral swab 2 working days
HIV SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 2 working days
HIV RNA PCR EDTA 3-5 working days
INFLUENZA A & B PCR Throat swab (green topped viral swab), induced sputum, BAL 48 hours – 24 hours in peak season
LEGIONELLA ANTIGEN Urine 24 hours
MRSA CULTURE SCREEN – NOSE/GROIN, WOUND, URINE, SPUTUM Pink – topped COPAN E-swab Up to 2 days
MEASLES IgM Serum separator tube 5 working days
MEASLES IgG Serum separator tube 3 working days
MRSA PCR Nose & groin screen Pink – topped COPAN E-swab 2 hours
MRSA PCR – SELECTED WARDS ONLY Pink – topped COPAN E-swab Up to 4 hours
MUMPS IgG Serum separator tube 2 working days
MUMPS IgM Serum separator tube 5 working days
MYCOBACTERIAL PCR (Referred)
On consultant request
Various types 3 days
MYCOPLASMA IgM Serum separator tube 5 working days

MYCOBACTERIA CULTURE (Referred)

AFB STAIN  (Referred)

Sputum/BAL/fluids/tissue/ 3 x early morning urine

8 weeks

4 days

PARASITE MICROSCOPY Faeces 48 hours
PARAINFLUENZA VIRUSES 1,2,3 PCR EDTA 48 hours – 24 hours in peak season
PARVOVIRUS B19 SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 3 working days
PNEUMOCOCCAL URINARY ANTIGEN Urine – in white topped sterile universal 24 hours
QUANTIFERON GOLD Quantiferon tubes 7 days
RSV PCR EDTA, NPA, throat swab green topped viral swab, induced sputum, BAL 48 hours – 24 hours in peak season
RUBELLA ANTIBODIES Serum separator tube 5 working days
SYPHILIS SCREEN Serum separator tube 2 working days
TORCH SCREEN Serum separator tube 5 working days
TOXOPLASMA SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 2 working days
URINE CULTURE Boric acid universal or 7ml paediatric boric acid container (red top) Up to 5 days
VARICELLA ZOSTER IgG Serum separator tubes 3 working days
VZV PCR CSF, skin swab green topped viral swab 2 working days
Tests preformed in Virology for Haematology
BCR-ABL EDTA 2 working days
FII PROTHROMBIN & FV LEIDEN Blue citrate tube 24 hours
Other tests are available, some of which are sent to reference laboratories. Check with the laboratory if further information is required.