Swab for Culture
  • Product Description
  • How it works
  • FAQs

Product Description

Swab for Culture

What is a Swab for Culture test?

There are many different kinds of bacteria that can cause infection. Knowing what kind of bacteria is causing your infection is necessary so doctors can prescribe the right antibiotic treatment. Sometimes, it is not clear what kind of bacteria is causing the infection and that is when a Swab for Culture test is required. This test will swab the area of concern to collect a sample of material and bacteria for analysis. This sample is then sent to our laboratory where it is spread onto a small glass dish and over a few days, any bacteria in the sample will grow and multiply into larger colonies that can then be identified. This Culture technique is widely used to grow many different species of bacteria to help doctors identify the cause of infection and prescribe the right antibiotics.

Why consider a Swab for Culture test?

If you have a cut, wound, other lesion or unusual discharge, you should consider a Swab for Culture test. This test is particularly useful if you have already tested for a specific infection and the test came back negative, but you still have the infection. The Swab for Culture test will enable the infecting bacteria to grow in the laboratory where it can be correctly identified and the best antibiotic for treating it can be established. Symptoms of a bacterial infection can include:

  • Redness around your wound, which spreads or streaks
  • Pain, tenderness or other discomforts
  • Swelling or warmth
  • Pus oozing from or surrounding your wound
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Delayed healing of your injury

How does this test work?

The Better2Know Swab for Culture test requires only a swab sample. The swab sample is collected using a simple device with a cotton tip for collecting the sample. This is then placed inside a tube containing material to keep the bacteria alive as they travel to our laboratory. We supply all the material you need to collect your sample in the kit provided. Once you have collected your swab sample, simply follow the instructions in your kit and place it back in the prepaid postage envelope included for your sample to be sent back to our accredited laboratory for analysis. You will receive your results within two to four working days.

What tests will you run on my sample?

Your swab sample will be cultured to see what different bacterial species might grow. If your Swab for Culture test is positive, we will advise you of what type of bacteria is responsible for your infection and also advise which antibiotics will best treat the infection.

When will my test kit arrive?

If ordered before 4pm Monday-Friday, your test kit will be mailed the very same day using first class postage and should arrive the next working day, depending on your location.

How will I receive my test results?

Your Swab for Culture test results will be available within two to four working days after your sample arrives at the lab. Better2Know will provide you with a confidential login code for our secure online patient login area, where you will be able to view your results once they are available. A member of our team will also contact you directly, to inform you when the results are in.

What should I do with my results?

If your Swab for Culture test results are positive, you should seek medical attention. It is important that you been seen by a medical professional who will evaluate if your infection requires treatment. Better2Know can make you an appointment with a private doctor in your local area, or you can visit your own GP.

How can I order my test?

Select the ‘Add to Basket’ button and proceed to checkout to order your Swab for Culture test. If you require assistance do not hesitate to call, we are able to complete your order over the phone. If you have any further questions use the phone number above, our team is happy to help.

How it works

How It Works

Buying your home test kits online is simple:

  • 1 Buy your test online.
  • 2 Receive it in the post.
  • 3 Provide a sample.
  • 4 Free return postage to the lab.
  • 5 Check your results securely online.

We provide a completely confidential and anonymous service. Please refer to our FAQs above, for more information. If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us, using the phone number at the top of the page.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When will you send my kit to me?

If your order is placed before 4pm on a working day, then it will be sent the same day. Otherwise it will be sent on the next working day.

Q: Why do you need my email address?

Your Patient Services Manager, Louise Wright, will email you your login details to access your results, a confirmation your kit has been dispatched and finally when all your results are ready. We do not sell on or email you any other marketing materials, that is why we do not ask you to opt in or out of anything.

Q: Do I need to use my real name?

No, but the postman does need to know where to deliver the kit to. As long as you use a name that will get the kit to you, then we do not need your real name.

Q: What does the kit packaging look like?

It will arrive in plain white envelope with your typed name and address on it.

Q: What if I have any more questions?

You can email Louise by replying to one of the emails she has sent to you. She will do her best to answer them.