Guidance

Infectious diarrhoea: microbiological examination of faeces guide for primary care

Guidance for primary care on collecting a stool specimen for laboratory examination of infectious diarrhoea, for consultation and local adaptation.

Documents

Managing suspected infectious diarrhoea: quick reference guidance for primary care

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GP poster for managing suspected infectious diarrhoea

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Managing suspected infectious diarrhoea: quick reference guidance for primary care, Appendix A

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Detail

This guidance describes:

  • when and how to send a faecal specimen for laboratory examination
  • how to interpret the laboratory report
  • treatment following the report
  • when to send a repeat specimen


The guidance was updated in July 2010 following the Griffin Report into the investigation of an outbreak of Escherichia coli O157.