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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Microbiology

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Turnaround times

The table below lists the majority of tests offered by the Microbiology Laboratory at the OUH.

The given turnaround times are based on data obtained by the laboratory between 2014 and 2018 and are updated annually.

It is defined as the time elapsed between the given collection date of the sample and the generation of a final report. Many factors influence the turnaround time on daily basis. The laboratory aims to process 90 percent of samples within the stated time.

Turnaround times are not shown for samples sent to a reference laboratory for testing. These samples are sent Monday to Friday only; they must reach the laboratory by midday to be included on that days transport.

Sample type is a guide only, for more detail refer to user handbook or webpages.

For further guidance please see individual test pages within this website, Microbiology Laboratory User Manual or contact the laboratory.

Finally, this this is not exhaustive. If you do not see the test you are looking for please contact the laboratory.

Microbiology Laboratory Turnaround Times (pdf, 342 KB)