Preferred Sample Type


Turnaround Time

Available upon request


General Information

If investigation for Acanthamoeba is requested on contact lenses, cases or fluids the specimens should be kept at ambient temperature and sent to the reference laboratory as soon as possible.

The reference laboratory should be notified before dispatch

Uncultured scrape materials may also be sent to reference laboratory if the sample is taken into a small volume of sterile distilled water.


This sample is referred to a reference laboratory, please see their handbook for specimen requirements and patient preparation


  • EQA Scheme?: No

The laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital form part of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham and are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standard. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the UKAS website using the following link:

  • Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital pathology laboratories are a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8217
  • United Kingdom Health Security Agency laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8213

Tests not appearing on the UKAS Schedule of Accreditation currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.

For further test information, please visit the test database:

Protection of personal information - Laboratory Medicine comply with the Trust Data Protection policy and have procedures in place to allow the Directorate and its employees to comply with the Data Protection act  1998 and associated best practice and guidance.

For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235