Medical Microbiology – Specimen Collection


If you are a patient and have been asked to collect a specimen of urine or faeces by a health professional, please use the following links for guidance:

Health Care Professionals:
Appropriate swabs/containers/transport media and their use(s):

Tissue Samples


Plain universal container

30ml clear plastic container with white cap

For large tissue samples use a 60ml sterile container as for stool / sputum samples.

NB. For tissue samples taken in theatre, individually wrapped 30ml and 60ml containers are available from the Pathology store. Alternatively, directly inoculate the tissue sample into a cooked meat broth (available from the Microbiology department).

Norovirus PCR

60ml sterile container

Wide necked clear plastic container with yellow cap

Last updated: March 16, 2020