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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
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Test
Pre-Op Screen
CategoryMicrobiology
Code
PREL
Pre-analytical
See infection control policy for collection instructions.  Do NOT discard the liquid in the container, required for processing. 
Any materials used in taking these samples must be discarded in an approved clinical waste and/or sharps container. 
Dry swabs will not maintain the viability of the organisms. 
If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48 h are undesirable.
Special requirements
Nose/Groin swabs
Tube type
Charcoal transport swab
Nose swab
TAT Inpatient (urgent)
2 days
TAT GP/Outpatient
2 days
Referral lab
Local
Page last updated: 08 September 2021