How should I collect and store Respiratory & sputum sample?
- Collect your sputum sample in the silver or white capped sterile plastic container which you will need to collect from your GP practice.
- A sample collected early morning is preferred.
- Remember, we want to sample material that is from deep within your lungs NOT just salivary spit from the mouth!
- Firstly, rinse your mouth out with some tap water to remove any food debris etc.
- Breathe deeply, cough and spit what is coughed up into the pot. Alternatively, keep the pot at your side and when you have a bout of coughing, spit out into the pot.
- You should aim to cover the bottom of the pot with your sample.
- Secure the top of the container tightly and then wash your hands.
- Make sure you label the container with your name, gender, date of birth and date of sample otherwise it will be discarded.
- Place the container in the plastic bag provided along with the test request form.
- Your sample should be handed in straight away.
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