Viral transport medium swabs are available from Pathology Central Specimen Processing.
Rapid testing for Influenza A, Influenza B and RSV is performed on all specimens.
Reflex testing using the extended respiratory virus PCR panel will be performed on samples that are negative for the rapid influenza/RSV test on the following patients:
- ICU patients
- Patients in 5 East
- Lung transplant patients, where this is clearly stated in the clinical notes.
- Cystic fibrosis patients, where this is clearly stated in the clinical notes.
- All BAL samples.
- Clinical Haematology patients in 7 East and 7 West
If extended respiratory virus PCR is required on patients who do not fit these criteria, discussion with the Medical Microbiologist is required. Add-ons via request slip without prior consultation will not be accepted.
Refer to the Alfred Health guideline "Management of Seasonal Influenza" for instructions to collect nose/throat swabs.
Mouth swabs are not an acceptable specimen.