The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Sample Requirements and Advice

Detailed information on all sample types and tests can be found in the test repertoire in the Microbiology User Manual and Mycology User Manual

To prevent rejection of samples consult the Pathology labelling policy for all specimens sent.

Processing of Microbiology samples is different to other Pathology tests in that organisms may not be isolated and reported, even if present, if not incubated in specific conditions or on certain media or if specific virology assay targets not used.  

For all Microbiology samples, relevant clinical details guide the laboratory to set up specimens on the most appropriate media and in the correct atmospheres to look for the target organisms, so it is very important to provide as much information as possible.

Virology testing is also based on algorithms to target the most appropriate assay for the clinical presentation so full information is essential.