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.

MRSA screen


Nose and groin swabs are required for an MRSA screen. If patient is catherterised include a urine sample as part of routine screen. Additionally swab any obvious areas of broken skin.

Bottle top colour

Liquid eSwab, Pink top, dual swab

Bottle / container

Photo of MRSA screen

Turn around time

1-4 working days

Performed (frequency)

Daily (Monday to Friday except bank holidays). If urgent please contact the laboratory.

Transport and storage

Transport to the laboratory immediately in a sealed specimen transport bag with an accompanying request form. If there is a delay or the sample is taken out of hours store it at 4-8 *C if not urgent and send immediately the following day. Do not store the sample for >24Hrs as this may affect the performance of the test or the interpretation of the results.

Additional information

Collect the Groin sample using the PINK swab.  

Remove the screw cap from the tube and insert the swab all the way to the bottom of the tube. 

Gently swirl the swab between thumb and finger for 5 seconds. Lift the swab above the liquid and gently roll it against the wall of the tube to drain the excess liquid.

Remove the Pink swab and discard into clinical/offensive waste bin.  Replace the screw cap.

Use the WHITE swab (with the coloured breakpoint line) to collect Nasal sample.

Remove the screw cap, and holding the swab shaft close to the rim of the tube, break the shaft at the colour breakpoint indication line.

Recap the tube with the white swab only inside. Screw the cap on tightly to prevent leakage.



Reference range

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