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A to Z of Laboratory TestsLaboratory Tests

 

Laboratory Test

Reporting Time

(Working Days)

Vacutainer /

Sample Container

Sample

Type

A

 

 

 

Anticardiolipin Antibodies IgG & M

(First Test)

Anticardiolipin Antibodies IgG & IgM

(Repeat 6 weeks later)

 

7 days

 

 

 

7 days

Gold Top (SST)

 

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

  

      

 

 

Spun Clotted

Anti Mullerian Hormone

(part of Body Clock Test)

 

5 days

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

B

 

 

 

BhCG (early pregnancy)

(May need two samples – useful in confirming viability or ectopic pregnancy)

 

2 days

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

BhCG / PAPP-A (part of Nuchal Translucency Scan 11+3 to 13+weeks

 

3-4 days

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

Sexual Health Screen - 
BLOOD HOME SAMPLE KIT

1.    HIV (AIDS)
2.    Hepatitis B
3.    Hepatitis C
4.    Syphillis

 

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted 


Packs need to be registered before sending sample

Blood Group and Antibody Screen (Spire)

 

1 day

Pink Top

K2 EDTA 

Blood Group and Antibody Screen (NHS)

(Booking and 28 weeks)

 

Variable

Lavender (Purple) TopRed Top

EDTA

Spun Clotted

 

C

 

 

 

CA125 Tumuor Marker

(Ovarian Cancer Screening 
(includes scan & consultation)

 

1 day

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

Cervical Cancer Screen (Smear)

 

5 days

Speculum Examination and Brush Smear

Chromosomes (Karyotype) – Patient

(samples couriered to London)

  

 

10 days

Green TopLavender (Purple) Top

Lithium Heparin

EDTA

Chromosomes (Karyotype) – Partner

(samples couriered to London)

  

 

10 days

Green TopLavender (Purple) Top

Lithium Heparin

EDTA

Cystic Fibrosis (per person)

 

12 days

Lavender (Purple) Top

EDTA

Cytomegalovirus (CMV)  IgG

 

5 days

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

 

Sexual Health Screen –

COMBO HOME SAMPLE KIT

URINE HOME SAMPLE KIT

1.    Chlamydia
2.    Gonorrhoea
3.    Mycoplasma genitalium
4.    Ureaplasma genitalium
5.    Trichomonas vaginalis
6.    Gardnerella vaginalis
7.    Herpes Simplex I/II

 

 BLOOD HOME SAMPLE KIT 
1.    HIV (AIDS)
2.    Hepatitis B
3.    Heaptitis C
4.    Syphyllis

 

7 days

 

 


 

 

Gold Top (SST)

 

 

First Catch Urine 
(start of urine stream)

Packs need to be registered before sending sample

 

Spun Clotted

D

 

 

 

DRVVT (Lupus Anticoagulant)

(First Test)

  

  

DRVVT 

(Repeat 6 weeks later)

 

7 days

 

 

 

7 days

Light Blue TopLight Blue Top


 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light Blue Top

Light Blue Top

Spun Heparin

Needs booked with Lab as samples need double spun and frozen in 2-4 hours

E

 

 

 

F

 

 

 

FBC (Full Blood Count)

 

1 day

Lavender (Purple) Top

EDTA

 

FSH (Follicle Stimulating Hormone)

(day 2-6 of cycle)

 

1 day

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

G

 

 

 

Glucose

 

1 day


Potassium Oxalate

Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) 
Screening test for diabetes usually done on a Saturday morning based on fasting overnight - a morning blood sugar level - drinking Polycal, a sweet sugar containing drink - repeat blood glucose level 2 hours later

 

1 day

 

Potassium Oxalate

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat second sample 2 hours after Polycal (113ml made up to 300ml with water)

Group B Streptococcus Swab

5 days

Speculum examination and vaginal swab

H

 

 

 

HBA1C (Diabetes Screen)Haemoglobin A1C

 

2 days

Lavender (Purple) Top

EDTA

  

  

 Homocysteine

 

10 days

Lavender (Purple) Top Lavender (Purple) Top

EDTA

Fasting Sample. Booked with lab as must be spun within 30 minutes

High Vaginal Swab (HVS)

5 days

Speculum Examination and Swab

I

 

 

 

Insulin Test (Plasma)

 

5 days

J

 

 

 

K

 

 

 

L

 

 

 

LH (Luteinisng Hormone)

(day 2-6 of cycle)

 

1 day

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

  

M

 

 

 

MSSU (Mid Stream Specimen of Urine) 

(test for urinary tract infection)

 

5 days


Midstream Urine 

(middle part of urine stream)

MTHFR (G1691A mutation)

 

10 days

Lavender (Purple) Top

EDTA

N

 

 

 

O

 

 

 

Oestriol (E3 or UE3)  

 

2 days

 Gold Top (SST)

 Spun Clotted

P

 

 

 

PAPP-A / BhCG (part of Nuchal Translucency Scan 11+3 to 13+weeks

 

 

 

1 day

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

Parvovirus IgM and IgG

 

5 days

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

PCR and Karyotype 

(Amniocentesis and CVS)

 3 days

Trisomy 13 Trisomy 18 Trisomy 21

 

14 days

Full Karyotype


Amniotic Fluid  (Amniocentesis)


Chorionic Villus (CVS)

Prolactin 

 

1 day

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

Progesterone (day 21+)

(ovulation test)

 

1 day

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

PSA (part of Prostate Cancer Screen)

 

2 days

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

Q

 

 

 

QUAD Test (Down Syndrome Screening - Triple Test + Inhibin)(14-23 wks - ideally 16 wks)

 

7 days

Gold Top (SST)

Spun Clotted

R

 

 

 

Red Cell Folate

2 days

Lavender (Purple) Top EDTA

Rhesus Blood Group

 

1 day

Pink Top

K2 EDTA

 

 Rubella and German Measles Immunity

 

 

2 days

Red Top

Spun Clotted

S

 

 

 

BLOOD HOME SAMPLE KIT – Sexual Health Screen

1.    HIV (AIDS)
2.    Hepatitis B
3.    Hepatitis C
4.    Syphilis

 

Gold Top (SST)

Spun

Clotted 
Packs need to be registered before sending sample

COMBO HOME SAMPLE KIT - Sexual Health Screen

 

URINE HOME SAMPLE KIT

1.    Chlamydia
2.    Gonorrhoea
3.    Mycoplasma genitalium
4.    Ureaplasma genitalium
5.    Trichomonas vaginalis
6.    Gardnerella vaginalis
7.    Herpes Simplex I/II

 

 BLOOD HOME SAMPLE KIT 
1.    HIV (AIDS)
2.    Hepatitis B
3.    Hepatitis C
4.    Syphillis

 

7 days

 

 


 

 

Gold Top (SST)

 

 

First Catch Urine 
(start of urine stream)

 Packs need to be registered before sending sample

 

 

 

Spun

Clotted

Sexual Health Screen - 
URINE HOME SAMPLE KIT

1.    Chlamydia
2.    Gonorrhoea
3.    Mycoplasma genitalium
4.    Ureaplasma genitalium
5.    Trichomonas vaginalis
6.    Gardnerella vaginalis
7.    Herpes Simplex I/II

 

7 days


First Catch Urine 
(start of urine stream) 
Packs need to be registered before sending sample

T

 

 

 

Thrombophilia Screen

 -Factor V Leiden

 - Prothrombin Mutation Gene  

Antithrombin III

 - Protein S 

 - Protein C

 - Activated Protein C Resistance

 - MTHFR (G1691A mutation)

  

 

10 days

Light Blue TopLight Blue TopLight Blue TopLight Blue Top


 

 

 

Lavender (Purple) TopGold Top (SST)

Spun  Heparin

Needs booked with Lab as samples need double spun and frozen in 2-4 hours

EDTA 

Spun Clotted

TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)

T4 (Thyroid Function)

1 day

1 day

Gold Top (SST)

Spun

Clotted

Toxoplasmosis

(May need two samples)

 

 

5 days

Gold Top (SST)

Spun

Clotted

U

 

URINE HOME SAMPLE KIT – Sexual Health Screen

1.    Chlamydia
2.    Gonorrhoea
3.    Mycoplasma genitalium
4.    Ureaplasma genitalium
5.    Trichomonas vaginalis
6.    Gardnerella vaginalis
7.    Herpes Simplex I/II

 

7 days


First Catch Urine 


(start of urine stream)

Urea and Electrolytes (U&E)

 

1 day

V

 

Varicella (Chicken Pox) IgG

 

5 days

Gold Top (SST)

Spun

Clotted

W

 

X

 


Y

 

Z

 

 

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