Sample type and Volume required:
Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), vitreous eye fluid. BAL to be collected in a self sealed valved container with no additives. All other samples to be collected in sterile universal container with no additives. Note: If using Electronic Patient Record (EPR) please order "CSF for Virological Investigations" and for other sample types order "Sample for Molecular Investigations".
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.