Needlestick injury screen (donor)


In cases of a member of staff receiving a contaminated sharps injury or any other potentially infectious exposure to bodily fluids, the blood of the source patient is tested for HIV antibodies and p24 antigen, Hepatitis B surface antigen and Hepatitis C antibody and core antigen. Prompt infection control measures such as HIV post-exposure prophylaxis can be administered or stopped, where appropriate, or Hepatitis B vaccine (and IgG if necessary) can be administered.

Also known as

NSI, sharps injury screen

Request a test

To request this test please send sample with a request providing patient ID (three identifiers), specimen information, assay required, relevant clinical details and sender information. Before sending sample please read details on requesting and labelling by clicking on the link. Please also refer to any additional information provided for this test.

Additional information

Individual tests from the screen can also be requested, as appropriate

Sending address

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control Level 4, Camelia Botnar Laboratories Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Great Ormond Street London WC1N 3JH DX number: DX6640203 DX Exchange: Bloomsbury 91WC

Laboratory service

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

Sample requirements

Serum (5ml in clotted blood tube)

Reference range

Not applicable

Turnaround time

Automated results within 3 hours, manual results within 3 days

Disease / group

Viral infection


Upon request

Call in advance?

Please call in advance to ensure prompt specimen processing

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

Our laboratory performs a wide range of routine and specialist investigations in Bacteriology, Virology and PCR.

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