Pathology tests directory

Our tests directory below includes information to support you to take and submit blood transfusion, chemical pathology, haematology, immunology, bacteriology, virology and other microbiology tests.

All testing is performed within the trust unless otherwise stated.  If the required test is not listed, please contact the microbiology laboratory for guidance.

Please note: when printed, this information is only valid on the day of printing.

Reference ranges given are for general guidance. Results falling outside the reference range do not necessarily indicate underlying pathology. 

Where a colour is given for the top of a sample tube, this applies only to adult size Vacutainer® tubes. Paediatric size and other manufacturers use different colour coding. 

Key Staff

  • Jayne Barmby, Pathology Service Manager, Tel : 020 8296 2976 (St Helier) or  01372 735287 (Epsom), Email:

Please contact the laboratory if you need advice regarding paediatric specimens.


Alternate name



Combined Nose and Throat swab

Volume level

1.5 ml

Bottle top colour

Viral swab

Bottle / container

Photo of SARS-CoV-2

Turn around time

24 hours

Time limit


Transport and storage

Room temperature

Additional information

Specimens to be transported to the laboratory as soon as possible after collection.

Available out of hours: 8am-10pm Monday - Sunday.

Qualitative Detected or Not Detected.



Reference range


Lab address

Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust Microbiology Department, 1st Floor Block D, Wrythe Lane , Carshalton, SM5 1AA

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