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Test Directory -  Neisseria gonorrhoeae isolation


GC isolation

Test Includes

Microscopy and culture for Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Request Form 

Microbiology form (Green)


On request during normal working hours

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection, and any current, or intended, antibiotic therapy

High vaginal swabs are NOT suitable for the isolation of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, cervical and/or urethral swabs are required

Turnaround Time

48 hours for a negative report, up to 72 hours for identification and antibiotic sensitivity testing of possible N. gonorrhoeae isolates


Cervical, urethral or other relevant swab(s) in Charcoal transport medium


See above


Samples should be transported to laboratory as soon as possible

Lab. Handling

Samples should be processed as soon as possible

Causes for Rejection

Incorrectly and/or Insufficiently labelled sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory

Version 1.0 / November 2013

Last edited 16/04/14