Test Directory

Swab - Routine C & S - any site

Containers - Adult

MWE Sterile Swab with Gel

Containers - Child

MWE Sterile Swab with Gel
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 where a bacterial or fungal infection is suspected. Please put exact anatomical location on the request.

Wound swabs: If dry consider moistening the swab with sterile water prior to sampling to increase chance of organism recovery. Clean +/- debride the wound prior to sampling, and obtain the deepest sample possible.

How to request

GP comms, or via Trak ("C&S - Swabs" and specify correct anatomical site), or request form.


0900-2000 (RIE), 0900-1700 (SJH)

Anticipated turnaround

Up to 5 days

What happens if the result is positive or abnormal

Telephoned by microbiologist if required, otherwise result will appear on electronically.

General additional information

See RefHelp for guidance on taking of genital swabs; dry swabs (with no gel transport medium) should not be used.