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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
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Any materials used in taking these samples must be discarded in an approved clinical waste and/or sharps container. 
If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to  storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48 h are undesirable. 
If specimen of tissue/biopsy is small, place it in sterile water to prevent desiccation. 
For urine samples that cannot be examined within an hour of collection, it is advisable to add 1mL of undiluted formalin to preserve any eggs that may be present. 
Special requirements
Worms, ticks, mites
Tube type
Sterile 30ml plain universal white topped
Universal container - white top
TAT Inpatient (urgent)
1 day
TAT GP/Outpatient
1 day
Referral lab
Page last updated: 08 September 2021