Preferred Sample Type

Pus/fluids Microscopy, Culture & Susceptibility

Sample Preparation

If unable to send immeadiately please refrigerate sample

Turnaround Time

3 days

Sample Stability

4 weeks

Pus/fluids Microscopy, Culture & Susceptibility

Patient Preparation

For general aspects of taking pus and fluid samples we recommend that users follow either their local protocols or “The Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures”.

Fluid and Pus Samples

  • All fluid and pus samples should be collected aseptically and transferred directly to sterile sample containers with no additives of any kind.


For an urgent sample a telephoned request must be made to the lab, the microscopy will then be telephoned within 1 hour of receipt. Do not use pod system for unrepeatable samples out of hours.


  • EQA Scheme?: Yes
  • EQA Status: NEQAS

The laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital form part of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham and are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standard. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the UKAS website using the following link:

  • Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital pathology laboratories are a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8217
  • United Kingdom Health Security Agency laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8213

Tests not appearing on the UKAS Schedule of Accreditation currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.

For further test information, please visit the test database:

For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235