Preferred Sample Type

Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE)

Suitable Specimen Types

  • Liquid Swab
Place swab in tube and send full volume of liquid provided.

Sample Preparation

If unable to send immediately please refrigerate sample

Turnaround Time

3 days

Sample Stability

Specimen kept for 1 week

Vancomycin Resistant Enterococci (VRE)

General Information

Screening for vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE) by culture is undertaken using Copan Eswabs (pink topped liquid based swabs). Please put "VRE screen" on the request form.

Patient Preparation

Rectal swabs

  • • Gently insert the tip of the swab into rectum 3-4 cms rotate gently and remove.
  • • There should be visible faecal material on the swab.
  • • Place the swab back in the plastic tube and break off at swab break point


Order liquid swabs from requisition forms provided to your department.


  • 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