Preferred Sample Type

CPE screening

Suitable Specimen Types

Charcoal Swab

CPE screening

Turnaround Time

2 to 4 days (Negative report), 3 to 5 days (Positive report)

Sample Stability

If transport is delayed, sample should be refrigerated for up to 48 hours

General Information

If you are unsure or require advice; contact the laboratory using extension number 16536 during normal working hours or via switchboard at other times.


Information Sharing: If your sample needs to be referred or a notifiable disease is detected from your sample, your details and sample may be shared with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA). This is a legal requirement. The UKHSA is sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care.


  • EQA Status: Enrolled to INSTAND scheme
  • EQAS Scheme: Yes

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