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MRSA Screen (Pre-Elective)


MRSA testing is restricted to admission to high risk inpatient areas – ITU, NNU, vascular surgery, elective orthopaedic surgery, renal and haematology/oncology. Please do not send swabs from patients in other areas unless previously positive 

Test Usage

Culture for MRSA/ Pre admission detection.


Nose swab (Throat swabs no longer need to be taken)

Specimen container

Charcoal transwab

To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

Basic screen (Nose Only):

Search for: ‘MRSA Screen (Nose)‘ or test code ‘O1230212

Full screen for patients with a history of MRSA:

Search for: ‘MRSA Screen (full screen)‘ or test code ‘O1230212‘ – read the guidance and select the appropriate tests

Special Instructions

  • Please use one specimen bag per patient. Do not mix different patient samples in the same bag .
  • Please do not send Axilla/Groin swabs or Perineum swabs unless previously positive.


Tested at RDUH

Processing Time

Negative result 24 hours

Positive result 48- 72 hours

Useful Links

SMI B 29: investigation of specimens for screening for MRSA

MRSA Screening – Lab Tests Online UK


Specimen Labelling Procedure
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