Swabbing guidelines

Swabs are not taken by phlebotomy staff at Northland Pathology collection centres. However, certain swab types can be self-collected. Appropriate swabs for self-collection include: vaginal swabs (both Aptima swabs for molecular STI testing and standard orange top ‘bacterial’ swabs),vaginal-rectal swabs for Group B Streptococcus screening, andMRSA screening swabs. Swabs from wounds, eyes, and ears should […]