How to store specimens

Blood specimens should reach the laboratory on the day of collection. Do not store overnight.

Before transportation:

Specimens to be stored in the fridge

  • Urines
  • Viral swabs (herpes)

Specimens to be stored at room temperature

  • Transport swabs (throat, skin, wound, vaginal, cervical)
  • Aspirates
  • Chlamydia swabs
  • Faeces
  • Sputum – microbiology and cytology