How to store specimens

If a sample is not despatched to the laboratory on the day of collection, please store as follows:

Store these specimens in the fridge

  • All urines for microbiology and cytology
  • Faeces specimens for microbiology
  • Viral swabs
  • Sputum for microbiology and cytology

Store these specimens at room temperature

  • Swabs in transport media
  • Aspirates
  • Chlamydia swabs
  • Chlamydia urines

Blood specimens

Blood specimens should not be stored overnight.