Test Directory

Tissue (incl. Biopsy) - Routine C & S

Containers - Adult

Plain Sterile Universal Container
Volume Range

As much as possible.

Additive per Container


Containers - Child

Plain Sterile Universal Container
Volume Range

As adult

Laboratory Site

51 Little France Crescent
Old Dalkeith Road
EH16 4SA
Telephone (Bacteriology): 0131 242 6021 OOH Bleep 2900
Howden Road West
West Lothian
EH54 6PP
Telephone (Bacteriology): 01506 52 3075 OOH contact RIE

Transport arrangements

Transport as soon as is practicable.

Sample storage arrangements

If delay in transporting, store in the fridge (4-6°C).

Special instructions for collection

Collect in a plain sterile universal container with no preservative added.

Consider what other samples are required when sampling to send to other disciplines e.g. pathology, mycology, mycobacteriology.

Useful: in patients where bacterial tissue infection is suspected.  If this sample is debrided from an open wound in an outpatient setting e.g. diabetic foot clinic, results may reflect colonising flora, as oppose to a deeper sample taken under sterile conditions at biopsy or in theatre which hasn't been open to skin flora.  

How to request

GP order comms, or via Trak ("C&S - Tissue", then select specimen type "Tissue" and then update to appropriate body site.) Alternatively, order via request form.


24 hours (RIE). 0900-1700 (SJH)

Anticipated turnaround

Culture: up to 5 days.

What happens if the result is positive or abnormal

Telephoned by microbiologist.