Immunology services at St George’s and Epsom and St Helier Hospitals are merging into one service, which will be located at St George’s Hospital. This is taking place during October and November.
Ascitic fluid MC&S
|Category||Bacteriology Medical Microbiology|
|Reporting frequency||Microscopy results available same day as receipt, culture 2-3 days. Some specimens may have prolonged incubation – result issued in 14 - 15 days|
Universal 30ml white container or sputum pot 60ml Silver
Use dry sterile bottle. A WBC differential will be done on all ascitic fluid with a raised WBC > 250/ml. Sample stability for culture – 4 weeks
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