Please refer to individual tests in the test database for information on acceptable sample types and how to collect them.
General Collection of Sample Information
Please be aware that the taking and handling of specimens before they reach the laboratory can have a significant impact on test sensitivity. Hence, please ensure the correct techniques and equipment are used.
Expiry date on the collection tubes exceeded.
A number of sample collection containers are supplied with an expiry date printed on the collection tube. These include:
1ML LIQUID AMIES REGULAR FLOCKED SWAB
MRSA COLLECTION KIT 2 REGULAR SWABS
AMIES WITH CHARCOAL SWABS
Liquid Aimes Transport swab, urethral flocked swab
BLOOD TUBES – including EDTA
APTIMA Unisex Collection Kit
APTIMA Urine Collection Kit
APTIMA Vaginal Swab Collection Kit
Viral Transport swab – GREEN TOPS
Expiry dates on sample containers will be examined upon receipt in the laboratory, if the expiry date has been exceeded the sample will be REJECTED. Please note it is your responsibility to check the expiry date on a sample collection tube BEFORE you collect the sample.
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