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Respiratory PCR – Extended Panel



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

  • Viruses:
    • SARS-CoV-2, Influenza A, Influenza B, RSV (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

To Request On EPIC

For electronic requesting using EPIC (RDUH ONLY):

Search for: ‘Respiratory Viral PCR Panel‘ or test code ‘LAB9702‘ and indicate that an extended panel is required.

Special Instructions

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


Processed locally in Microbiology at RDUH

Processing time

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

Non-urgent – within 24 hours



PLEASE NOTE: This Test/procedure is not currently included in the defined scope of the laboratory’s UKAS Accreditation, (ISO15189) schedule.

This test has passed internal laboratory verification and been reviewed clinically prior to being brought into use.

Specimen Labelling Procedure
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