Test Directory

Faeces - Routine M, C & S

Containers - Adult

20ml Universal Stool Container
Volume Range


Additive per Container


Containers - Child

20ml Universal Stool 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

Useful: in patients with suspected bacterial or parasitic gut infections. Please detail any relevant symptoms and travel history when requesting.
Collect 2-3mls of liquid or solid faeces in 20ml Universal stool container. Direct patients to information leaflet 'How should I collect and store a poo (stool) sample?' 

How to request

Via Trak (For RIE/WGH select: "Faeces - Micro ADULT WGH/RIE only", for SJH...), via request form or via GP comms. If requiring ova, cysts and parasites, please state request in clinical details and ensure symptoms and travel history included.



0900-1800 (RIE). 0900-1700 (SJH).

Anticipated turnaround

5 - 12 days, depending on clinical details.

What happens if the result is positive or abnormal

Telephoned by microbiologist.

General additional information

For ova, cysts and parasites (OCP) testing:

RIE and WGH: PCR for Giardia lamblia, Entamoeba histolytica and Cryptosporidium is performed on stools requesting microscopy. Further microscopy based investigation is performed for other parasites based on clinical details given.

SJH: Investigation for OCP is based on clinical details and is performed by microscopy only.  PCR will be performed on any sample where mention of amoebic dysentery is made, and on specific request. PCR is carried out at the RIE site but can be requested from SJH laboratory when required.

All diarrhoeal stools from patients ≥3 years old will automatically be tested for Clostridioides difficile toxin.