Rapid SARS CoV2 PCR assay
Rapid PCR test for COVID-19
Detected or NOT detected
|Sample & container required||Respiratory sample (Nasopharyngeal, throat). The white-top Sigma-MM molecular medium tube kits on allocation. DO NOT use the red or green lid sample tubes. These will be sent for routine testing and cannot be tested on the rapid test.|
|Sample volume||Minimum: NPA – 0.6ml|
Nasopharyngeal / throat swab into the dedicated white-top Sigma-MM molecular medium tube.
|Transport storage||Urgent courier or pod to local pathology specimen reception|
|Turnaround time||2 hours, 24/7 service|
Health & safety: The white-top Sigma MM molecular medium tubes in this pack contain hazardous substances that can cause skin and eye irritation following direct contact. Please handle with care, avoiding splashes, and wear gloves and goggles or visor when opening these tubes. Never use a swab that has been contaminated with this medium on patients.
Sample collection kits are available on a weekly allocation from the local pathology reception.
This test is fully validated for clinical use. However, the laboratory is not yet UKAS accredited for this test.