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UKARU: Core Services (Accredited to ISO15189)

The core services provided by the UK Anaerobe Reference Unit are: 

Identification of anaerobic bacteria

Pure isolates/cultures of anaerobic bacteria and putative Actinomyces spp. may be referred for identification by molecular and conventional methods.

These include phenotypic biochemical tests, MALDI-TOF MS & DNA sequencing.

Susceptibility testing of anaerobic bacteria

Susceptibility testing of clinically relevant anaerobes including confirmation of unusual resistance phenotypes is performed via agar dilution (AD). A panel of antimicrobials is routinely tested which includes ceftriaxone, co-amoxiclav, clindamycin, meropenem, metronidazole, piperacillin-tazobactam, penicillin, vancomycin, doxycycline and rifampicin. Testing for other antimicrobials is available on request. Anaerobes not suitable for AD will be tested by gradient strip (GS)

WGS typing of Clostridioides difficile

Faeces may be submitted from patients within Wales for WGS typing. For patients outside of Wales please contact us for advice on how we can support your request before submission.