Viral Investigation (PCR)

Swabs in viral transport media eg. GREEN topped Virocult, are provided via the laboratory ( ext 2726)
Do not use swabs beyond the expiry date on the packaging. Always label the specimen with the patient identifiers and the site the swab was taken from e.g throat swab.
To use, carefully remove the swab from the packaging at the end indicated ‘PEEL HERE’. Use the swab to collect material from the affected area, unscrew the green container lid and place the swab in the liquid transport media in the tube. Carefully break off the swab against the neck of the tube and re-cap the tube securely. The swabs once taken should be returned to the laboratory ASAP or if this is not possible they can be stored in a fridge at 2-8 C overnight.

Vesicle fluid, nose, throat ,eye, skin and genital sites: Use a green topped viral swab, use the swab to collect material from the affected area, place the swab in the liquid media in the transport tube and re-cap the tube securely. Store in the fridge if transport to the laboratory is to be delayed.

NPA: Collect the sample into a sterile universal container

Faeces: send the sample in a plain universal or blue topped universal with spoon.

Urine: Send the urine in the sterile universal container

Any other specimen type – such as a biopsy, please contact the consultant microbiologist for advice.