Blood sample should be less than 4 hours old to optimise parasite morphology
Please provide full clinical details, including any drug therapy,details of foreign travel and clearly mark request form “For malarial parasites”.
If malaria is suspected, and a delay of more than 4 hours is likely for the sample to reach the laboratory, then please arrange for the patient to bring the sample to the laboratory directly or to have the blood collected in the phlebotomy department.This is because the parasites can change, hindering diagnosis.Please note that blood films should not be sent by courier (Health and Safety regulations).
To aid in the diagnosis of malarial infections
In house – initial screen using a molecular method. If this is Negative no further testing is required for this clinical episode.
Positive Molecular tests will have blood films examined and if applicable (P. falciparum or P. knowlesi ) a parasite percentage will be calculated.
All positive results are confirmed at the London School of Tropical Diseases.
Clinical advice is available from the Haematology Medical team or the Microbiology Medical Team (contact RD&E switchboard on 01392 411611)
Please note this test is not UKAS accreditedSpecimen Labelling Procedure