|Category||Microbiology >> Microbiology|
|Sample & container required||Nasopharyngeal swab;
Nasopharyngeal aspirate (NPA);
Pernasal swab (9PNSCS).
|Sample container||Amies transport medium containing charcoal for both nasopharyngeal and pernasal samples;
Sterile universal container for NPA samples with a minimum volume of 1 mL
|Transport storage||Transport to the laboratory on the day of collection or store overnight at room temperature|
|Turnaround time||7-10 days|
Samples may be referred to the Atypical Pathogens Unit, Public Health England, for further investigation.