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How should I collect Faeces /Stool Sample?
  • Label the container with your surname, first name, date of birth, date/ time and Referring doctor.
  • Place plenty of lavatory paper in a clean potty or in the lavatory pan.
  • Make sure there is no trace of disinfectant or bleach present, as this will interfere with the test.

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Collection of stool
  • Faeces (a bowel movement) should then be passed on to the toilet paper
  • Open the container.
  • Using the little spoon provided, scoop up 2 spoonfuls of faeces.
  • Place in the container.
  • There is no need to fill the container. Screw the lid firmly back on the container.
  • If you have severe diarrhoea or a watery stool, a potty may be needed to collect the initial sample.
  • The container with the stool sample should be placed in the plastic bag attached to the form and sealed.
  • Flush away the remaining paper and faeces down the lavatory.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Check that the form contains the full name, address and date of birth of the person sampled and add the date the sample was taken.
  • Bring the sample into Phlebotomy Reception.
  • Results will be available at the report dispatch counter as per the turnaround time given in the directory of services

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