Sending urine cultures to the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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Please send all urine culture samples to the Royal Free London using borate tubes.

The delay between sample collection and the start of laboratory processing causes overgrowth of organisms and degradation of white blood cells, which can lead to incorrect results. Using borate tubes will reduce the overgrowth of these organisms and improve the quality of test results. 

This is in line with Public Health England’s national standards and is recommended by UKAS (UK laboratory accreditation body). 

Borate tubes can be ordered from the trust as follows:

If you need further information or any assistance placing an order, please contact 020 3912 0476 or email Warehouse@tdlpathology.com.


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Expiry date: Nov 13th, 2020