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.
|Category||Bacteriology Medical Microbiology|
|Reporting frequency||TAT 1-2 days for culture, microscopy available same day|
Urine - specimens should be transported and processed within 4 hours if possible. If transportation is delayed refrigeration is essential for non-boric acid urines.
Sample stability – 1 week. Specimens that are not processed will be retained in the laboratory for up to 48 hours after the report is issued.
Nitrofurantoin sensitivity testing is based on EUCAST guidance and is only applicable to E. coli, Enterococcus faecalis, Group B streptococci and Staphylococcus saprophyticus. We test nitrofurantoin against other organisms but suggest you use these results as a guide only and if sensitive but clinical response is poor, switch to an alternative antibiotic.
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