Sample type and Volume required:
4-9ml Purple Top EDTA blood (for whole blood or plasma). Nasopharyngeal aspirate (NPA), broncho alveolar lavage (BAL). Rectal, throat & eye swabs to be collected in universal transport medium (UTM). Faeces, biopsy or vitreous humour to be collected in a sterile universal container with no additives.
Storage and transport:
Place labelled sample in a sealed sample bag and send to Central Specimen Reception (CSR). Samples should be sent to CSR promptly as the sensitivity of assays that detect RNA/DNA depend on sample quality/integrity. Please store samples in a refrigerator if there is a delay in sending samples to CSR.