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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Acanthamoeba PCR
CategoryMicrobiology - Referred samples
Test information
Samples submitted for investigation include: Aqueous and vitreous humour, corneal scrapings, contact lens cases and cleaning fluid. 
Scrape: Under topical anaesthesia, with assistant or speculum as required a scrape 
should be taken gently with a no.11 blade, smeared and the blade discarded. 
Any materials used in taking these samples must be discarded in an approved clinical waste and/or sharps container.
Swabs should be sent in sealed plastic bags, contact lens fluids, aqueous/vitreous fluids and corneal scrapes should be sent in sterile leak proof laboratory supplied containers. 
Specimens should be transported and processed as soon as possible. If processing is delayed, refrigeration is preferable to storage at ambient temperature. Delays of over 48h are undesirable.
Universal container - white top
TAT Inpatient (urgent)
7 days
Referral lab
Micropathology Ltd
Page last updated: 11 January 2022