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Neisseria gonorrhoeae Culture (Gonorrhoea)



Throat, Urethral, Cervical, Rectal, Eye (Neonate)

Specimen container

Charcoal transwab

To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

Throat swabs:

Search for: ‘Throat Swab MC&S‘ or test code ‘LAB236

Urethral, Cervical, Rectal swabs:

Search for: ‘Genital specimen MC&S‘ or test code ‘LAB9305

Eye swabs:

Search for: ‘Eye swab MC&S‘ or test code ‘LAB943

Special Instructions

Please include in clinical details that you suspect Gonorrhoea/Gonococcal infection.

GC is a very fragile organism and can easily die if left at room temperature.

Please transport to the laboratory as soon as possible for incubation

Test Usage



Tested at RDE

Processing Time

48-72 Hours

Urgent Specimen Instructions

As above

Useful Links

Gonorrhoea: guidance, data and analysis – UKHSA

British Association for Sexual Health and HIV

Gonorrhoea – Devon Sexual Health

Gonorrhoea – Lab Tests Online UK

Gonorrhoea – NHS

(Key words: Gonorrhea)

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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