Instruct patient to cough deeply (“from the diaphragm”) upon awakening and collect all sputum into a sterile container. Submit early morning, deep-cough sputum, not saliva, immediately to the laboratory. Collect separate specimens on 3 consecutive mornings. Do not pool specimens. Send specimen neat, within one hour of collection. Refrigeration beyond 24 hours is not recommended as pathogenic organisms may multiply. A cytology non-gynaecological request that is completed and properly filled up - see the CPOE request for details.
90% of cases reported within 2 working days and 100% of cases reported within 7 working days
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