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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
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Test
Faeces Culture
CategoryMicrobiology
Code
FC
Request form
Request forms should have adequate details to ensure correct processing e.g. foreign travel, immunosuppression, consumption of shell fish and weight loss. 
Test information
Any materials used in taking these samples must be discarded in an approved clinical waste and/or sharps container.
Pre-analytical
Specimens of faeces should be transported to the laboratory and processed as soon as 
possible, as a number of important pathogens such as Shigella species may not survive the pH changes that occur in stool specimens which are not promptly delivered to the laboratory, even if stored in a refrigerator. 
Any materials used in taking these samples must be discarded in an approved clinical waste and/or sharps container.
Special requirements
Compliance with postal and transport regulations is essential Refer to separate SOP 
HG3 pathogens must be stored in CL3 in a secure cupboard 
 
There is a 72 hour time limit to request an add-on test as the stool sample is not viable after this time period. 
Tube type
Universal container with spoon (Blue top)
Faecal stools container
Minimum volume
Pea sized
TAT Inpatient (urgent)
2 - 5 days Positives telephoned
TAT GP/Outpatient
2 - 5 days Positives telephoned
Referral lab
Local
Page last updated: 08 September 2021