Pathology Handbook

Eye swab

Test Includes

Microscopy on neonatal samples, culture for bacteria and fungi; antibiotic sensitivities on potential pathogens
The type of cultural investigations performed may vary, dependent on the clinical information received

Request Form

ICE request


On request during routine working hours

Specific Criteria

If Chlamydia infection is suspected, special swabs are required which are available on request from the Pathology Department, see also Chlamydia detection.
Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/ contact with the suspected infection, and any current, or intended, antibiotic therapy

Turnaround Time

48 hours for routine bacterial culture, up to 72 hours to identify and perform antibiotic sensitivity testing on significant organisms


Bacterial culture swab in transport medium

Routine swab small


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory

Lab Handling

Samples should be processed as soon as possible