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Urine Culture (Paediatrics)




Mid-Stream Urine (MSU)

Clean catch urine (for infants)

Pad urine (for infants if above 2 options not possible)

Specimen container

Red top urine tube with boric acid if volume is 10ml or more

White top sterile universal if volume is <10ml (in this case, please aim to get urine to the laboratory within 4 hours of collection), and accepted for patients aged 10 and under.

How To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

Search for: ‘Urine MC&S‘ or test code ‘LAB348

Specimen Collection

Please refer to the RD&E leaflet “Collecting Clean Catch Urine Sample

Special Instructions

For CMV testing in neonates, send a white top plain sterile universal.

Test Usage

Microscopy & Culture


Tested at RD&E

Processing Time

Reports on negative specimens are available within 24 hours

Reports on positive specimens are available at 72 hours

Urgent Specimen Instructions

Urgent Microscopy is available on request during routine working hours. Please contact the laboratory if this is required.

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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