Preferred Sample Type

Joint aspirate Microscopy, Culture & Susceptibility

Specimen Transport

If unable to send immeadiately please refrigerate sample

Sample Preparation


Turnaround Time

3 days

Sample Stability

Kept for a maximum of 4 weeks

Joint aspirate Microscopy, Culture & Susceptibility

Patient Preparation

For general aspects of taking joint aspirates we recommend that users follow either their local protocols or “The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures”.

Joint aspirates

  • All aspirate samples should be collected aseptically and transferred directly to sterile sample containers with no additives of any kind.


For an urgent sample a telephoned request must be made to the lab, the microscopy will then be telephoned within 1 hour of receipt. Do not use pod system for unrepeatable samples out of hours.


  • EQA Scheme?: Yes
  • EQA Status: NEQAS

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The Trust Laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital were awarded UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation to the internationally recognised ISO 15189 standard in May 2015. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the test database
Tests not appearing on this scope are either under consideration or in the process of accreditation and so 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 information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235

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