Culture of Throat swabs for the isolation and identification of Bacterial and/or Fungal Pathogens.
Antimicrobial sensitivity testing is performed as appropriate.
To determine the presence of Bacterial and/or Fungal pathogens which may be causing an infection.
For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):
Search for: ‘Throat Swab MC&S‘ or test code ‘LAB236‘
Please provide relevant clinical details with the request: this helps the lab process the sample correctly and provide the best result for the patient:
Please state the site of swab.
Please state clearly the following: whether the patient is diabetic, any history of foreign travel in the last 6 months, if the patient is immunocompromised, current and recent antibiotic therapy.
Is this a screening swab? (e.g. for MRSA/MSSA)
Does the patient have a persistent sore throat or peritonsillar abscess (Quinsy)? Do you require culture for Fusobacterium?
Please do not repeat in under 48 hours.
Tested in house at RD&E
24– 72 HoursSpecimen Labelling Procedure