The Barts Health pathology service have produced an information sheet describing the required swab containers for each test required.
Swab containers information sheet for GPs
Please note that Microbiology CANNOT accept the Orange Aptima Swabs as they have an additive that prevents bacterial growth.
For culture, please send the Purple Liquid Amies Swabs (preferred) or black charcoal swabs if you are part of the Newham Hospital catchment.
Any queries, please call Microbiology Laboratory at Royal London Hospital 020 3246 0320.
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