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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

Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) Culture
Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL)
Sample container
Sterile sputum pot 60ml or sterile universal container
Volume required
Minimum 15 ml
Special requirements for specimen collection
Please ensure that clinical details are provided these are to include whether the patient is immuno-compromised, has Lupus, necrotising pneumonia and/or lung cavities/ lesions. 
2-8 C
Clinical notes
We will test for Candida and Fungal culture on all BAL's.  For extra tests other than culture, please ensure that these tests are ordered electronically or if a hand written request form clearly stated in the investigation box.
Turn around time
5 working days
Last modified: 02/08/2017