Specimens

Urine Samples checking for infections
  • Collect a red topped container from reception
  • Write your name, date of birth and the date of the sample collection on the container
  • Start to pass urine over the toilet but don’t collect the first urine that comes out
  • Collect the “mid-stream” of your urine in the container
  • Pass the rest of your urine down the toilet as normal
  • Store your sample in the fridge if you can’t bring it to reception the same day.
Stool Samples
  • Collect a blue topped container from reception
  • Write your name, date of birth and the date of the sample collection on the container
  • Do your sample in the morning
  • Place something in the toilet to catch the sample, such as a potty or an empty plastic tub. Alternatively you could loosely place some cling over the rim of the toilet
  • If you need to pass urine, do this beforehand so it doesn’t mix with the stool
  • Pass your stool, making sure it doesn’t touch the inside of the toilet
  • Use the spatula attached to the inside of the blue container lid to take a small sample (grape-sized is fine)
  • Bring your sample to reception the same day it is collected, before 1pm (this is when they are taken to the lab)
Urine Samples checking for Protein (ACR – albumin:creatinine ratio)
  • Collect a kit from reception containing a yellow test tube (marked Urine Z), a quill (long thin drawing up tube) and a urine pot
  • Write your name, date of birth and the date of sample collection on the test tube
  • Pass some urine into the pot
  • Pull off the lid at the tip of the yellow test tube (PULL the very end, do not unscrew the whole lid)
  • Attach the quill to the tip of the yellow test tube
  • Place the end of the quill into the urine and pull back on the plunger to draw urine up into the test tube
  • Pull the plunger all the way back until it clicks
  • Snap off the plunger and discard
  • Replace the yellow cap on end of the test tube
  • Discard the rest of the urine
  • Hand in the test tube only to reception the same day
sputum samples
  • Collect silver topped container from reception
  • Write your name, date of birth and the date of sample collection on the container
  • Do the sample as soon as you wake up in the morning, before eating or drinking
  • Take three deep breaths to loosen the secretions (if you havea nebuliser you may want to use this first) and hold the air infor five seconds.
  • Take another deep breath and cough hard until some sputum comes up into your mouth then force out a deep cough and bring the sputum up into your mouth
  • Spit the sputum into the container and seal the lid
  • If you are unable to bring up much sputum on the first attempt then try again until you have enough (minimum is about the same size as your little finger nail)
  • Bring your sample to reception the same day it is collected if possible
nail samples
  • Collect silver topped container from reception
  • Write your name, date of birth and the date of sample collection on the container
  • Wipe off any treatment creams, lotions, or powders from the nail
  • Use chiropody scissors or nail clippers to cut off a diseased part of nail into the container
  • Include the full thickness of the nail and clip as far back as comfortably possible
  • Include scrapings of debris from the area between the nail and nail bed if possible
  • Keep the samples at room temperature- do not refrigerate them
STI Screening (yellow kit)
  • Collect a yellow test tube kit from reception
  • Write your name and date of birth on the test tube
  • Males – pass urine into a plain sterile container. Then pour some urine into the yellow test tube until the fluid level is between the two black lines, then seal. You do not need the swab (cotton bud) which comes in the kit, you can discard this.
  • Females – use the swab (cotton bud) in the kit to take a vaginal sample click here for instructions. Break off the swab at the black line and drop the cotton bud into the fluid in the yellow test tube, then seal. You may also need to do a blue-topped swab.
blue swabs
  • Collect a blue swab kit from reception
  • Write your name and date of birth on the tube
  • Use the cotton bud to take a sample from the relevant area – only hold the blue end, do not touch the white part
  • Remove the plastic cap from the tube
  • Insert the whole swab into the tube (the blue end becomes the lid)
  • Bring your sample to reception the same day it is collected if possible