How to Store Specimens

How to Store Specimens

If a sample is not dispatched 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