Respiratory Sample Requirements
Please note that Viral PCR Sample solution (VPSS) is required for all swabs submitted for PCR testing, which includes throat (or nose/throat) swabs for respiratory viral PCR. This will provide results for:
Please see 14. Viral PCR Sample Solution (VPSS) inc. ordering instructions for instructions on the use of VPSS.
Nasopharyngeal aspirate: Collection container or a universal container
If Pneumocystis jirovecii or CMV testing is required - best sample for sensitivity (to the worst sample for sensitivity)
EDTA blood (pink topped vial, approximately 0.4mL of blood per test): CMV/EBV/adenovirus quantitative PCR, Human herpesvirus-6/-7 (HHV-6/HHV-7), HSV IgG, VZV IgG, CMV IgG, EBV VCA IgG, measles IgG, mumps IgG, Toxoplasma gondii IgG, syphilis IgM/IgG, HBsAg, HCV antibody, HIV antibody/antigen, HTLV-1/-2
Clotted blood: Toxoplasma gondii dye test (performed by Scottish Toxoplasma Reference Laboratory, Raigmore Hospital, Inverness)
Urine: Universal container
Faeces: Universal container - This will provide results for:
If faeces is unavailable a rectal swab in VPSS can be submitted for testing.
CSF: Universal container - This will provide results for:
Also available on request:
For all other testing requirements please see: 10. What specimen, which container? (inc. Reference laboratories request forms)