Microbiology

Microbiology Turnaround Times

Non-urgent samples during normal working hours.

Type Time
Blood cultures 4 days
CSF 4 days
Faeces culture 4 days
C difficile toxin 24 hours
Rotavirus 3 days
Norovirus 24 hours
Helicobacter 7 days
Genital swabs 4 days
MRSA/VRE screens 4 days
Mycology microscopy 7 days
Mycology culture 21 days
Respiratory 4 days
Mycobacteria microscopy Monday – Thursday 24 hours
Mycobacteria microscopy Friday – Sunday 3 days
Tissue/Fluids 4 days
General swabs/samples 4 days
Urine 4 days
QuantiFERON 7 days
Urgent MRSA/Influenza/RSV PCR Same day

Samples sent to reference laboratories are subject to their turnaround times.