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Laboratory consumables: Swabs

Sterile and non sterile swabs

Medline Scientific has been a major supplier for the NHS, UK Health Security Agency*, and private healthcare organisations for well over 25 years. We offer a large selection of swabs for specimen collection and transportation, including:

  • Sterile swabs and non sterile swabs
  • Transport swabs
  • Amies swabs and Amies charcoal swabs
  • Dry swabs
  • Forensic swabs
  • Environmental swabs and sampling swabs
  • Cotton swabs, viscose swabs, and polyester viral swabs


Below, we have listed just a few of our best-selling swabs, but please contact us to discuss your applications and requirements in more details.

1) Transport Swabs – Amies Swabs
Amies Swabs; charcoal swabs

Amies media is a modification of Stuart’s transport media. The glycerophosphate in Stuart’s medium is replaced with inorganic phosphate buffer. Amies transport medium is widely used for the transportation of swab specimens to microbiology laboratories.

Amies swabs are suitable for the recovery of aerobes, anaerobes and fastidious organisms from patients to the lab for analysis and culture.

300281TC Deltalab Sterile Twisted Aluminium and Viscose Amies Liquid Swabs

A variation of the traditional Amies media swabs where the media is presented in liquid form (in a sponge) without agar. The bendable wire and mini tip make these idea for swabbing difficult places.

Twisted aluminium shaft and viscose tip. Sterilised by radiation. Supplied in peel-packs.

Suitable applications include: Urethral swabbing, pathogens such as Trichomonas Vaginalis, Streptococcus Pyogenes, and Shigella Flexneri.

300287.2 Deltalab Sterile Snappable PS Viscose Amies Liquid Swabs – M40 compliant

These sterile transport swabs with Amies media assure the viability of organisms such as:

Neisseria sp.; Haemophilus sp.; Corynebacterium sp.; Trichomonas vaginalis; Streptococcus pyogenes; Streptococcus pneumoniae; Shigella flexneri; Salmonella typhi; Brucella abortus; Enterobacterias, etc.

Snappable PS shaft and viscose tip. M40 Compliant. Sterilised by radiation. Supplied in peel-packs.

Suitable applications include: Swab for MRSA before operations and before admission onto antenatal/maternity wards for example (all hospitals have different protocols). For recovery of aerobes, anaerobes and fastidious organisms (wound, skin, urogenital and throat).

300285.2 Deltalab Sterile Snappable PS Viscose Amies Charcoal Liquid Swabs

As above, but with charcoal: Methylene blue is replaced by pharmacological charcoal. Charcoal helps to neutralises materials that are toxic to microorganisms.


2) Viral Swabs

We have a range of viral swabs, so please contact us to discuss your applications.

300297 Deltalab Sterile Snappable Polystyrene and Polyester Viral Swabs

Viral swabs

Preserves viral specimens during transportation to the laboratory. Media is supplied in its liquid form, in a sponge, suitable for direct extensions on slides.

Snappable PS shaft and polyester tip. Sterilised by radiation.

Supplied in peel-packs.

Suitable applications include: Viruses such as Papiloma, Pseudorrabia, and Influenza aviar (H7N1). The addition of antimicrobial substances inhibit the growth of bacteria and fungi. Ideal for nasal, pharyngeal, ocular, skin, and mucus samples.


3) Dry Swabs

Medline Scientific can supply dry swabs in various forms, including:

  • Sterile and non sterile
  • Individually wrapped or bulk packed
  • With and without tubes for transportation
  • Wood and plastic shafts

Typical applications for dry swabs are swabbing wounds and surfaces, inoculating broths and plated media. Dry swabs can be used for forensic sampling, environmental sampling and for clinical applications.

Dry swabs - transport swabs - forensic swabs

300250.2 Deltalab Plain Sterile Swab in Tube, Wooden Shaft with Cotton Tip

Sterile dry transport swab supplied in individual labelled shock-proof round bottom polypropylene tubes complete with tamper-evident label. Each label is clearly printed with lot number and expiry date.

Sterilised by ethylene oxide.

Suitable applications include: General clinical use, forensic sampling, and environmental monitoring.



Dry swabs - transport swabs - forensic swabs

300261.2 Deltalab Plain Sterile Swab in Tube, Snappable PS Shaft with Cotton Tip

As above but with snappable plastic (PS) shaft.









Dry swabs - transport swabs - urethral swabs

300251 Deltalab Plain Sterile Swabs in Tube, Aluminium Shaft and Cotton Tip

Sterile dry swabs supplied in shockproof round bottom polypropylene tubes with label sealing the cap (tamper-evident).

Sterilised by ethylene oxide.

Suitable applications include: Urethral and E.N.T.





Dry swabs - wooden swabs - environmental swabs

300200 Deltalab Plain Sterile Swab, Wood Shaft and Cotton Tip, Peel-Packed

Sterilised by ethylene oxide, Deltalab’s Plain Wood and Cotton Peel-Packed Sterile Swabs can be used when samples do not need to be transported.

Supplied in individual peel packs.

Suitable applications include: General clinical use, forensic sampling, and environmental monitoring.



Dry swabs - wooden swabs -environmental swabs

300230 Deltalab Plain Non Sterile Swab, Wood Shaft and Cotton Tip

Long 150mm wooden shaft suitable for hard to reach places.

Supplied in bags of 100.

Suitable applications include: Gynaecology when taking endocervical cells while using the speculum.







Dry swabs - wooden swabs - environmental swabs


300230S Medline Plain Sterile Swab, Wood Shaft and Cotton Tip

Plain sterile swab with wooden shaft and cotton tip.

Supplied in bags of 100.

Sterilised by ethylene oxide.

Suitable applications include: Collecting samples in various scientific fields (e.g. bacteriology).



4) Wooden Swabs
Dry swabs - wooden swabs - gynaecology swabs

300205 Deltalab Plain Non-Sterile Swab, Wooden Shaft Only

Deltalab’s Plain non-sterile wooden shaft only swabs have straight-cut splinter free ends.

Long 147mm wooden shaft for hard to reach places.

Bulk packed.

Suitable applications include: Various applications including gynaecology when taking endocervical cells while using the speculum.



We offer a large range of swabs suitable for many different applications and industries. For further information or to request a quotation, please contact us: 01865 400321 | enquiries@medlinescientific.com.


*Formally known as Public Health England (PHE).