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Extended Respiratory PCR Panel



Multiplex Nucleic acid amplification assay (PCR) test for the detection of:

  • Viruses:
    • SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A, Influenza B,┬áRSV (A+B), Adenovirus, Bocavirus, Seasonal Coronaviruses (229E, HKU1, NL63, OC43), Human Metapneumovirus (A+B), Parainfluenza (1-4), Rhinovirus/Enterovirus
  • Bacteria:
    • Bordetella pertussis, Chlamydophila pneumoniae, Legionella pneumophila, Mycoplasma pneumoniae


Diagnosis of respiratory infection caused by viruses and atypical bacteria.

Only performed after agreement with a Consultant Microbiologist.


Nasopharyngeal swab

  • Please take nasopharyngeal swab as shown here.
  • Test sensitivity is dictated by the amount of virus on the swab and is therefore influenced by:
    • (1) the timing of the test in relation to the symptoms and
    • (2) the quality of the sample (operator-dependent).
    • A result should be interpreted in light of the pre-test probability (severity of symptoms, their level of exposure, the disease in the contact); no test is 100% sensitive or specific.

Bronchial Alveolar Lavage (BAL) / Bronchial Washings (BAL)

Specimen container

Yellow topped Cobas swab (preferred)

Red/green topped viral swab

BAL/BW in Sputum pot or sterile universal

Special Instructions

Only tested after agreement with a Consultant Microbiologist or if patient meets previously agreed clinical criteria.


Locally at RD&E

Turnaround time

Urgent – within 3 hours of sample receipt (During routine opening hours)

Non-urgent – within 24 hours

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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