Test Directory

Throat swab for culture for pharyngitis

Containers - Adult

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MWE Sterile Swab with Gel

Containers - Child

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MWE Sterile Swab with Gel

Laboratory Site

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

Transport arrangements

​Transport as soon as practicable

Sample storage arrangements

​Store at 4 to 6 °;C

How to request

​Via TRAK or by yellow request form or GP order comms

Availability

​9am - 8pm daily @RIE; 9am - 5pm daily @SJH

Anticipated turnaround

​5 days

What happens if the result is positive or abnormal

​Result will be telephoned to originating location

General additional information

1. Testing for Corynebacterium species (in particular, C. diphtheriae and C. ulcerans – the causative agents of diphtheria) will be carried out on samples from symptomatic patients for which any of the following information is provided:
  • Membranous or pseudomembranous pharyngitis/tonsillitis
  • Contact with a confirmed case of diphtheria within the last 10 days
  • Travel abroad to a high risk area for diphtheria within the last 10 days
  • Contact with someone who has been to a high risk area for diphtheria within the last 10 days
  • Contact with any animals (including household pets, visiting a farm or petting zoo) within the last 10 days
  • Recent consumption of any type of unpasteurised milk or dairy products
  • The patient works in a clinical microbiology laboratory, or similar occupation, where Corynebacterium species may be handled
 
2. Please let us know about the following information as it may alter specimen processing:
  • Treatment failure and recurrent tonsillitis – we will look for Arcanobacterium haemolyticum
  • Tonsillitis with rash – we will look for Arcanobacterium haemolyticum
  • Persistent sore throat or Quinsy – we will look for Fusobacterium necrophorum