Sample requirements

Vacutainer

Sample type Vacutainer Anticoagulant Capacity

A

Lavender

EDTA

4ml/10ml*

B

Gold

SST/Gel

5ml

C

Light Blue

Citrate

4.5ml

F

Red

None

6ml

G

Grey

Fluoride oxalate

2ml, 4ml

H

Green

Lithium heparin

6ml

K

Dark blue

Sodium heparin

7ml

* 10ml EDTA tubes are used for specific PCR assays
 

Other sample types

Sample type Description

Chex

Streck Cyto-chex BCT Vacutainers for lymphocyte subsets (CD3/CD4/CD8) (stable for up to 7 days). They are not suitable for other CD markers.

BC

Blood culture bottle: contact laboratory

J Contact laboratory for advice on sample taking

X

Test by appointment

RF

Random Faeces

LF

Faecal Collection

RU

Random Urine

FCRU

First Catch Random Urine (for DL12/Chlamydia, etc.)

CU

30ml aliquot from a 24 hour urine collection – state total volume

PU

30ml aliquot from a 24 hour urine collection with 10ml of 0.1N Hydrochloric Acid added – state total volume

EMU Early Morning Urine (1st sample of the day)
SC 60ml container
TPV

Cytyc Thin Prep Vial

STM

Orange/Blue swab for culture – swab in transport medium

CS

Black Charcoal swab

VS

Green Viral swab

PCR

PCR swab for Chlamydia/PCR Infection Screening

MW

Tap/bottled water mouth wash – 20mls

AF Amniotic fluid (5mls PCR – 10mls Karyotype)
CVS

Chorionic Villus (medium provided by laboratory)

UCYT

Urine cytology container