Sample type and Volume required:
4-9ml Purple Top EDTA blood (for whole blood or plasma). If insufficient plasma available 2.5 – 5ml Yellow Top Serum Separation Tube (SST) Clotted Blood (for serum) may be used. Note: If using Electronic Patient Record (EPR) please order "Hepatitis B Viral Load (Roche)".
7 working days (1 - 2 days for urgent samples)
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.