Test Directory

Malarial Parasite Screen

Containers - Adult

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Red Cap Tube EDTA KE 2.7ml
Volume Range
​>1.5ml
Additive per Container
​EDTA

Containers - Child

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Pink Cap - Paediatric
Volume Range
>0.5ml
Additive per Container
EDTA

Reference ranges

​Negati​ve.

Laboratory Site

RIE
51 Little France Crescent
Old Dalkeith Road
Edinburgh
EH16 4SA
Telephone: 0131 536 1000
SJH
Howden Road West
Howden
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 6PP
Telephone: 01506 523000
WGH
Crewe Road South
Edinburgh
EH4 2XU
Telephone: 0131 537 1000

Transport arrangements

Specimen must be transported immediately within a plastic sealable bag or other suitable container. Malaria is considered a medical emergency - please contact the laboratory to alert them the sample is in transit.

Sample storage arrangements

Optimally test is performed within 2 hours of collection

How to request

Request form or Trak

Availability

No restrictions: Malaria is considered a medical emergency - please contact the laboratory to alert them the sample is in transit.

Anticipated turnaround

1 day

What happens if the result is positive or abnormal

The laboratory will phone the results of this test as soon as they are available. Please provide a telephone/ bleep number.

General additional information

​The Patients FULL travel history MUST be documented in the request, as this information aids in the speciation of Malaria. The Malarial Parasite screen comprises an Antigen test, and Thick and Thin blood Films are viewed. A Full Blood Count is always performed alongside the Malarial Parasite screen. In line with Scottish Public Health Act (2008) all specimens testing positive for Plasmodium species will be reported to Health Protection Scotland by the Diagnostic Laboratory and will be forwarded to undergo confirmatory testing at the Scottish Parasite Diagnostic Reference Laboratory