Test Directory

Chlamydia Spp (Respiratory)

Containers - Adult

20ml Sterile Universal Container
Volume Range

​2 mls

Additive per Container

​Sputum to be taken into sterile universal container

Containers - Child

Nasopharyngeal Secretions taken into a sterile, plain collection tube
Volume Range

​2 mls

Additive per Container

Nasopharyngeal Secretions taken into Conical Centrifuge Tube

Laboratory Site

51 Little France Crescent
Old Dalkeith Road
EH16 4SA
Telephone (Bacteriology): 0131 242 6021 OOH Bleep 2900
Telephone (Virology): Microbiology/Virology Office: 0131 536 3373 (option 1)

Transport arrangements

​Inter-site van shuttle service, GP van service, External hospital van service, Couriers, Hospital porter collection (refer to collection times posted in wards / departments), Hospital Pneumatic Tube System (PTS).

Sample storage arrangements

​Specimen transport arrangements must be in accordance with current postal and transport regulations. Samples should be transported to the laboratory without delay. If processing is delayed, refrigeration at 2-8 oC is preferable to storage at room temperature. Patient samples can be transported at ambient temperature.

Special instructions for collection

​Clinical samples must be collected into leak-proof containers and placed into a sealed bag with absorbant material. Patient samples must be individually packaged and not mixed with other patient samples. Any appropriate hazard labelling should be clearly visible on the sample bag / sample.

How to request

Use appropriate TRAK or ICE barcode labels which include Patient Identifier Number (CHI), Forename, Surname, Date of Birth, Gender and Location of patient (hospital and ward or primary care centre). Use Virology Request Form only if TRAK or ICE ordering system is unavailable.


​Weekdays 08.30 - 17.00

Weekends 09.00 - 16.00

Anticipated turnaround

​2 days

What happens if the result is positive or abnormal

The duty microbiologist will contact the clinical team to discuss the result and any infection control related issues where appropriate.​

All positive results are confirmed by PCR and sequencing to determine Chlamydia Spp.

General additional information

​Test available 7 days per week. Same day results available when sample is received into the laboratory by 09.00.

Please contact virologyadvice@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk for all non-urgent clinical enquiries.