Please see below recommendations and guidelines on submitting isolates to SACU:
Please refer to the list of Intrinsic resistance, exceptional phenotypes and expert rules and to The SACU REFERRAL GUIDE TO CARBAPENEMASE DETECTION for further guidance on what isolates to refer and NOT refer.
Please do not refer clinical samples or Hazard Group 3 isolates to SACU without discussion.
Isolates that are identified within SACU (by MALDI-ToF) as different to the senders ID and deemed inappropriate for testing will not be tested further.
If a deviating sample is received (leaking/mislabelled etc. – see TPS 63: UKAS Policy in Deviating Samples, 2019) the sample will be stored in refrigerated conditions for at least two months, and the sending laboratory informed (via email and/or laboratory report) within 5 working days of receipt.
Any other queries can be sent to us either by using our SACU@wales.nhs.uk or by telephoning the SACU on 029 20 742 170 or 029 20 743 610