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Test and sample information

This is a searchable database of information about tests offered by Pathology at the Royal Derby Hospital. 

If there are any comments on specific test content please contact john.monaghan@nhs.net .

For further patient information on pathology tests please visit: www.labtestsonline.org.uk

Fungal investigations (Mycology)
Nails, Hair or Skin scrapings
Sample container
Dermapak 2000 Mycology Specimen Transport or sterile universal container
Volume required
Nail and hair = enough to cut into 13 pieces 1-2mm in size.
Special requirements for specimen collection
Hair: Send pulled hair not cut. 
Skin: Send plenty of skin debris from around any suspected patches. 
Nail: Ensure the sample is taken from various parts of the nail. 
Can be kept at ambient temperature after collection.
Clinical notes
for further information
Turn around time
Microscopy within 24hrs of receipt in the lab (Mon-Fri - excluding bank holidays). Culture 2 weeks.​
Last modified: 16/08/2018