Expressed Breast Milk

It is important that Expressed Breast Milk (EBM) is microbiologically tested, before and after heat treatment. Microbiology will perform isolation and identification of organisms likely to be pathogenic. Turn around time 1-2 days. Note these samples are not processed at weekends. Reports will indicate satisfactory or unsatisfactory dependant on number (cfu/ml) and type of organisms present.
Clinical details: 
Milk bank donation samples
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Sample type and Volume required: 
5-10ml of Expressed breast milk in a donor breast milk container (blue top), please indicate if pre or post pasteurisation and if the sample requires storage.
Turnaround time: 
1 - 2 days. Samples received between 9.00-17.00 Monday to Friday will be processed same day. Outside of these hours samples will be refrigerated prior to testing.
Special sample instructions: 

Pre and post pasteurisation samples accepted from neonatal unit only.

Storage and transport: 
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Samples should be refrigerated if transport to the laboratory is delayed.
Infection Sciences Department at St Thomas' Hospital
020 7188 8008
St Thomas' Hospital
North Wing - 5th Floor
Westminster Bridge Road
London SE1 7EH
Core opening hours: Monday-Friday 0900-1730

For clinical advice or interpretation of results, please contact the laboratory in the first instance.

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Last updated: 27/11/2017