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Diphtheria Serology


Test Usage

Determination of immunity to Diphtheria prior to or following vaccination


Serum ( blood)

Specimen container

Gold Top Clotted (5ml)

How To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

Search for: ‘Diptheria Serology‘ or test code ‘LAB792

Special Instructions

Please state time of collection and label with the minimum patient identification. Labelling must include the following:

  • Surname
  • First Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Unique Identifier – NHS Number  (Hospital No)

Please include relevant clinical details and any antimicrobial therapy the patient is taking

  • Please state date vaccine was given
  • Please state indication for testing


Sent to the Respiratory and Vaccine Preventable Bacteria Reference Unit (RVPBRU), UKHSA Colindale, London

Processing Time

1-2 weeks

Useful Links

For Patients:

Diphtheria – NHS

For Healthcare Professionals:

Diphtheria – Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment | BMJ Best Practice

Diphtheria vaccine | Treatment summaries | BNF | NICE

Diphtheria: the green book, chapter 15 – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Diphtheria: guidance, data and analysis – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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