Throat swab



Streptococcus pyogenes culture on Blood Agar

Sample requirements

Standard charcoal transport swab


Apply the swab firmly to the fauces

Place swab into transport medium

Charcoal transport swab

Required information

  • Travel history
  • Date of onset
  • Membranous or pseudomembranous pharyngitis/tonsillitis
  • Sore throat. Red throat. Rash.
  • Penicillin allergy
  • Recent, current and intended antibiotics 


Store and transport at room temperature. Samples should be transported to the laboratory with minimal delay.

Turnaround time

  • Negative: 24 hours
  • Positive: 48 hours

Significant results will be issued on the next working day after receipt

Page last reviewed: 20/01/2015