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Approved containers for specimen collection can be obtained from Pathology.

These include blood tubes, swabs and specimen containers. Please see below.


GPs (all sites)

To conserve precious NHS resources, stock is issued based on average workload over the past year. This is to reduce overstocking in the surgery, saving space and helping to prevent supplies from becoming out of date and wasted.  Containers supplied by pathology should only be used for sending samples to MTW pathology.

For specimen collection instructions see

Maidstone Hospital

Blood tubes and other blood collection supplies

Histology and Cytology supplies

Microbiology supplies and all other supplies

Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury


Blood tubes, blood collection supplies, urine containers and swabs

Histology and Diagnostic cytology (non-gynae cytology) supplies

Specialised Microbiology supplies