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 72 hours
ADENOVIRUS Faeces 72 hours
ADENOVIRUS PCR (Q,T) EDTA, Throat swab, Eye swab, Vitrous humour, NPA, Induced sputum, Urine 72 hours
AFB (Examination for TB) 3 x early morning urines 6 weeks
ANTENATAL SEROLOGY Serum separator tubes 72 hours
ANTIBIOTIC ASSAYS (BIOCHEM) Serum seperator tube In-house 2 hours
Send-away 24 hours
ARBOVIRUS SEROLOGY Serum, EDTA, CSF 5 – 7 days
ASPERGILLUS ANTIBODY Serum seperator tube 2 weeks
ASPERGILLUS GENUS PCR * EDTA, CSF, Induced sputum, BAL 72 hours
AVIAN ANTIBODIES 2 weeks
BACILLUS ANTHRACIS Bacterial cultures, Eschar biopsy, Lesion washings 8 – 12 hours
BACTERIAL SEROLOGY Serum seperator tube 2 weeks
BARTONELLA SEROLOGY Serum seperator tube 2 weeks
BLOOD CULTURE Aerobic
Anaerobic bottles
Up to 7 days before discard
BLOOD CULTURE (PAEDIATRIC) Paediatric bottle Up to 7 days before discard
BORDATELLA PERTUSSIS Serum seperator tube, Swab, NDA (<1 year only) 2 weeks
BORRELIA BURGDORFERI PCR CSF, EDTA 2 weeks
BRUCELLA ANTIBODIES Serum seperator tube 2 weeks
BRUCELLA GENUS PCR* EDTA 72 hours
CANDIDA ALBICANS PCR * CSF, Swab 72 hours
CHLAMYDIA TRACHOMATIS PCR Penile swab, Endocervical swab, Urine (minimum 5ml required), Eye swab 72 hours
CHLAMYDIA PNEUMONIAE PCR * EDTA ,BAL, Induced sputum 72 hours
CHLAMYDIA PSITTACI PCR * EDTA, BAL, Induced sputum 72 hours
CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE Faeces 24 hours
CMV (CYTOMEGALOVIRUS) ANTIBODIES Serum seperator tube 5 days
CMV PCR (Q) EDTA, BAL, NPA, Induced sputum, Urine, Eye swab, Vitrous humour 2 days
COXIELLA BURNETII PCR Tissue (e.g. heart valve, placenta) 5 days
COXIELLA BURNETII SEROLOGY Serum seperator tube 5 – 7 days
CRYPTOCOCCAL ANTIGEN SEROLOGY Serum seperator tube 5 days
CRYPTOCOCCUS PCR * EDTA, CSF 72 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 required) Up to 72 hours
CYTOMEGALOVIRUS (CMV) SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 5 Days
CYTOMEGALOVIRUS (URINE) Virus medium 72 hours
EBV SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 5 days
EBV PCR (Q) EDTA, CSF, Vitreous humour, Tissue, Eye swab 72 hours
ENTEROVIRUS PCR (T) EDTA, CSF 72 hours
EPSTEIN BARR VIRUS (EBV) ANTIBODIES Serum separator tube 5 days
FARMERS LUNG Serum seperator tube 2 weeks
FRANCISELLA TULARENSIS Tissue biopsy, Wound swab, Bacterial culture 24 – 48 hours
FUNGAL ANTIBODIES Serum separator tube 2 weeks
GALACTOMANNAN Serum separator tube Up to 7 days
GENTAMICIN ASSAY (BIOCHEM) Serum separator tube 2 hours
HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZA PCR EDTA, CSF 72 hours
HAEMORRHAGIC FEVER VIRUSES Serum, Urine, Throat swab, EDTA 5 – 7 days
HAEMORRHAGIC FEVER VIRUSES PCR (ACDP4, LASSA, MARBUG, EBOLA, CCHF) EDTA, Urine, Post-mortem tissue Consult Ref Laboratory
HANTAVIRUS SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 5 – 7 days
HEPATITIS B SURFACE ANTIGEN Serum separator tube 48 hours
HEPATITIS A-C ANTIBODIES Serum separator tube 48 hours
HEP D/HEP E Ab’s Serum separator tube 2 weeks
HEPATITIS B VIRUS PCR (Q,T,R) EDTA 2 weeks
HEPATITIS C PCR (Q,T) EDTA 5 days
HEPATITIS D PCR EDTA 2 weeks
HEPATITIS G PCR EDTA 2 weeks
HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS TYPE 1 AND 2 PCR (T) CSF, Brain tissue, Eye swab 72 hours
HIV Serum separator tube 48 hours
HIV GENOTYPING EDTA 14 days
HIV PROVIRAL DNA PCR EDTA 7 – 10 days
HIV RNA PCR (Q) EDTA 5 days
HSV IgG Serum separator tubes 5 days
HSV IgM Serum separator tubes 7 days
HTLV 1 PCR EDTA 72 hours
HTLV-1/2 ANTIBODY Serum separator tube 10 days
HUMAN HERPES VIRUS 6 PCR EDTA, CSF 72 hours
HUMAN HERPES VIRUS 7 PCR EDTA, CSF 72 hours
HUMAN HERPES VIRUS 8 PCR EDTA 72 hours
INFLUENZA A & B PCR EDTA, NPA, Throat swab, Induced sputum, BAL 72 hours
JC/BK VIRUS ANTIBODIES Serum separator tube 10 – 14 days
JC/BK VIRUS PCR CSF/EDTA 2 – 3 days
LEGIONELLA ANTIGEN Urine 24 hours
LEPTOSPIRA ANTIBODIES Serum separator tube 2 weeks
LEPTOSPIRA GENUS PCR * EDTA, Urine 1 week
LIESHMANIA PCR Bone marrow in EDTA tube, splenic aspirate in EDTA tube 5 days
LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES PCR EDTA, CSF 72 hours
MEASLES IgG Serum separator tubes 3 days
MEASLES IgM Serum separator tubes 5 days
MEASLES PCR EDTA, CSF 72 hours
MUMPS IgG EDTA, CSF 3 days
MUMPS IgM EDTA, CSF 5 days
MUMPS PCR EDTA, CSF 72 hours
MYCOBACTERIA PCR CSF 1 – 4 days
MYCOPLASMA ANTIBODIES Serum separator tube 5 days
MYCOPLASMA GENUS PCR * EDTA 72 hours
NEISSERIA MENINGITIS PCR (T) EDTA, CSF, Isolates 24 – 48 hours
NOROVIRUS Faeces 72 hours
PAPILLOMAVIRUS PCR (T) Tissue 72 hours
PARAINFLUENZA VIRUSES 1,2,3 PCR EDTA 72 hours
PARVOVIRUS B19 PCR EDTA, Amniotic fluid 7 – 14 days
PCP – ON REQUEST Bal, Sputum 2 – 3 days
PNEUMOCOCCAL PCR EDTA, CSF 48 hours
PNEUMOCOCCAL ANTIGEN Urine 24 hours
PNEUMOCYSTIS CARINII PCR * NPA, Induced sputum, BAL 72 hours
POXVIRUS Vesicle fluid, Vesical crusts 6 – 8 hours
PROPIONIBACTERIA/ACTINOMYCES PCR * Abscess pus 72 hours
QUANTIFERON GOLD Quantiferon tubes 7 – 10 days
RABIES ANTIBODY Serum separator tube 14 – 21 days
RESPIRATORY ANTIGENS NPA 24 hours
RETROVIRUS GENUS PCR * EDTA 72 hours
RHINOVIRUS PCR EDTA, NPA, Throat swab, Induced sputum, BAL 72 hours
RICKETTSIA SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 5 – 7 days
ROTAVIRUS Faeces 72 hours
RSV PCR EDTA, NPA, Throat swab, Induced sputum, BAL 72 hours
RUBELLA ANTIBODIES Serum separator tube 5 days
RUBELLA VIRUS PCR EDTA 72 hours
SARS (CORONAVIRUS) PCR EDTA, NPA, Throat swab, Induced sputum, BAL 72 hours
STAPHYLOCOCCUS GENUS PCR * EDTA, Isolates 72 hours
STAPHYLOCOCCUS MEC A GENE PCR * Isolates 72 hours
STREPTOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE PCR CSF, EDTA, Throat swab 72 hours
STS (SEROLOGICAL TESTS FOR SYPHILIS) Serum separator tube 5 days
TORCH SCREEN Serum separator tube 5 days
TOXOCARA SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 7 – 10 days
TOXOPLASMA ANTIBODIES Serum separator tube 5 days
TOXOPLASMA GONDII PCR EDTA, CSF, Vitreous humour 72 hours
TROPHERYMA WHIPPELII PCR CSF 2 – 3 days
URINE CULTURE Boric acid universal/7ml paediatric boric acid Up to 48 hours
VANCOMYCIN ASSAY (BIOCHEM) Serum separator tube 2 hours
VARICELLA ZOSTER PCR EDTA, CSF, Vesicle fluid, Vitrous humour, Eye swab 72 hours
VZV AB’S:
IgG Serum separator tubes 3 days
IgM 5 days
VIRAL SEROLOGY Serum separator tube 5 days
Keys:
Q – viral load quantitation service available.
T – genotyping service available.
A – Arbovirus PCR.
* – assays with limited diagnostic evaluation suggest liaise with Consultant Microbiologist prior to requesting.