Antibiotics should not be taken in the 4 weeks prior to testing.
Proton pump inhibitors (PPI) and bismuth should be avoided for 2 weeks prior to testing.
Effective 5/10/2020, faecal antigen testing for H.pylori in persons under 16 years will be restricted to those requests where specialist approval has been gained from a Paediatrician or Gastroenterologist. See full clinical update
Faeces need to be tested within 24 hours of collection. Specimens need to be submitted well within this time-frame with the collection time clearly documented.