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Test Directory -  Throat Swab

Test Includes

Microscopy for Vincent's organism or yeasts if requested, or clinically indicated, culture for pathogenic bacteria

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.
If diphtheria is suspected, please contact the Microbiology Department (0845 155 3111 ext.3557) because Corynebacterium diphtheriae is NOT detected by our normal routine process

Turnaround Time

24 hours for a negative report; 48 hours if potential pathogens require identification and antibiotic sensitivity testing


Bacterial culture swab in transport medium


Samples should be transported to laboratory on day of collection

Lab. Handling

Samples should be processed as soon as possible

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory

Version 1.0 / November 2013

Last edited 16/04/14