Test catalogue

Turnaround times listed below are average times – results for urgent specimens may be available earlier.

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Turnaround time
Identification only
(either yeast or mould)
IDENT23.4626.18ID of yeasts 2–5 days
ID of moulds 2–7 days
High volume cultureHVC16.1418.01Respiratory samples up to 14 days
Tissue samples up to 4 weeks
Identification from skin, hair & nails (dermatophytes)DERM16.1418.01Direct microscopy 1-4 days
Culture and identification 3-4 weeks
Histology slide reviewSLIDE23.4626.187 days
Aspergillus PCRASP PCR96.60107.797 days
Candida PCRCAN PCR96.60107.795-7 days
Pneumocystis PCRPCP PCR96.60107.794 days
Panfungal PCRPAN PCR96.60107.792-4 weeks
Identification by sequencingID SEQ96.60107.792-4 weeks
Susceptibility testing
1 drug only16.8018.74
Standard package including:
- full identification
- long-term storage
- flucytosine, fluconazole, amphotericin B, micafungin, anidulafungin
YSP-S90.52100.99ID 2–5 days
Susceptibility 1–5 days (may take longer if culture requires incubation)
…plus 1 additional susceptibilityYSP-1106.74119.12
…plus 2 additional susceptibilitiesYSP-2122.98137.22
…plus 3 additional susceptibilitiesYSP-3139.22155.34
…plus 4 additional susceptibilitiesYSP-4155.99174.08
…plus 5 additional susceptibilitiesYSP-5172.82192.82
…plus 6 additional susceptibilitiesYSP-6189.06211.56
High vaginal swab & sensitivity testingHVS SENS56.3262.85
High vaginal swab (no growth)HVS NG16.1418.01Up to 5 days
1 drug only23.5225.94
Standard package including
- full identification
- long-term storage
- itraconazole, posaconazole, voriconazole, amphotericin B
MLD-S111.36124.28Identification 2–7 days

Susceptibility 3–7 days (may take longer if culture requires incubation)
…plus 1 additional susceptibilityMLD-1119.59133.44
…plus 2 additional susceptibilitiesMLD-2127.85142.65
…plus 3 additional susceptibilitiesMLD-3136.08151.84
…plus 4 additional susceptibilitiesMLD-4159.61178.10
…plus 5 additional susceptibilitiesMLD-5170.78191.27
Susceptibility testing by pyrosequencing (Aspergillus fumigatus only)PYRO177.11197.632-4 weeks
Antifungal assays (therapeutic drug monitoring)
FlucytosineLEVEL-FLY70.2677.551 day
You MUST telephone by 13:00 in order for us to set up the assay
PosaconazoleLEVEL-POS70.2678.391-2 days
VoriconazoleLEVEL-VOR70.2678.391-2 days
ItraconazoleLEVEL-ITR70.2678.391-2 days
FluconazoleLEVEL-FLZ70.2678.392-3 days
IsavuconazoleLEVEL-ISA70.2678.391-2 days
Antigen testing
GalactomannanASPGM59.2466.1095% within 1 day
FungitellTM β-1,3-D-glucanBGLU59.2466.1095% within 1 day
Cryptococcal antigen (CrAg)CRYPA40.6945.41Same day
Environmental surveillance
Preliminary report 5-7 days
Final report 14 days
Per sampleENV116.58129.34

Please note that we no longer offer precipitins testing. You can order fungal antibody tests (ImmunoCAP) via the Greater Manchester Immunology Service at Manchester Royal Infirmary.