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SARS-CoV-2 / Influenza / Respiratory Syncytial Virus PCR

Alias: CoVID-19, Flu A, Flu B, RSV A, RSV B

Discipline: Virology

Test information: A rapid multiplexed real-time RT-PCR test intended for the simultaneous, qualitative detection and differentiation of SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, influenza B, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

Availability: Available locally Monday - Sunday during routine hours: 08:45 - 21:00.
Available out of hours on telephone request.

Turnaround Time: 2 Hours

Related Tests:

Specimen Type(s)
  • Nasal Swab;
  • Nasopharyngeal Aspirate;
  • Nasopharyngeal Swab;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
The performance of nasal/nasopharyngeal wash/aspirates has not been established.
Specimen Container - Adult
  • Copan Universal Transport Medium (UTM-RT) Red;
  • Remel MicroTest M4RT Red;
  • Sigma Transwab Duo MRSA White;
  • Sigma Transwab with standard Sigma swab Purple;
  • Sigma-Virocult with Sigma-Swab Green;
  • Sterile CE-marked Universal Container;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • N/A;
  • Influenza A, genes encoding matrix protein, PB2, and PA;
  • Influenza B, genes encoding matrix protein and non-structural protein;
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus, genes encoding nucleocapsid of RSV A and RSV B;
Part of a test profile?
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
  • Proper sample collection, storage, and transport are essential for correct results.
  • Specimens can be stored at room temperature (15 °C - 30 °C) for up to 24 hours and refrigerated (2 °C - 8 °C) up to seven days until testing is performed.
  • Specimens should be transported at 2 °C - 8 °C.
  • Please refer to Trust Policy: Management of Patients with Confirmed/Suspected Influenza Policy (internal only)
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
Results: Negative / Positive
Patients that have received a live attenuated nasal vaccine (i.e. Fluenz Tetra / FluMist) prior to specimen collect can result in false positive results.
The performance of this test has not been established for immunocompromised individuals.
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 07-06-2023