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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Mycology - Currently unavailable
Test information
Following the earlier correspondence 05.07.2021 we are pleased say we are able to increase the Microbiology test repertoire once again. This however is not at full pre-Covid capacity. Tests that remain on hold at present due to continued pressures on the lab are: 
o   Fungal nail and skin scrapings 
o   Rotavirus antigen 
We can however perform one-off tests if the clinical scenario demands it; this requires a pre-agreement with the Microbiology clinical team prior to the sample being sent. 
Please note there may however be an increased expected turnaround time.
Samples can be kept at room temperature prior to transport to the laboratory. 
Any materials used in taking these samples must be discarded in an approved clinical waste and/or sharps container.
Special requirements
Hair, skin, nails
Tube type
Mycology Collection kits (Dermapak) or a sterile white topped universal
Universal container - white top
TAT Inpatient (urgent)
Microscopy : 2 days Culture up to 3 weeks
TAT GP/Outpatient
Microscopy : 2 days Culture up to 3 weeks
Referral lab
Page last updated: 08 September 2021