Test Background PCR test for the new coronavirus, the disease is known as COVID-19
Clinical Indications Patients presenting with respiratory tract disease, and fulfilling the PHE criteria for testing
Reference Range Detected or NOT detected
Sample Required Respiratory samples (NPA, nose and throat swab, BAL and ETTs)
Sample Container Virology swab or universal container
Sample Collection Apply recommended Infection Prevention and Control precautions
Sample Volume 0.5 ml
Transport/Storage Standard courier
Turnaround Time Up to 3 days
This test is fully validated for clinical use. However, the laboratory is not yet UKAS accredited for this test.
When performed on the Aus Diagnostics platform, the method may include an extraction step or it may be performed using heat inactivation in place of the extraction step. Information on whether the test was run with or without extraction is held locally and is available on request.