Pathology tests directory

Our tests directory below includes information to support you to take and submit blood transfusion, chemical pathology, haematology, immunology, bacteriology, virology and other microbiology tests.

All testing is performed within the trust unless otherwise stated.  If the required test is not listed, please contact the microbiology laboratory for guidance.

Please note: when printed, this information is only valid on the day of printing.

Reference ranges given are for general guidance. Results falling outside the reference range do not necessarily indicate underlying pathology. 

Where a colour is given for the top of a sample tube, this applies only to adult size Vacutainer® tubes. Paediatric size and other manufacturers use different colour coding. 

Key Staff

  • Jayne Barmby, Pathology Service Manager, Tel : 020 8296 2976 (St Helier) or  01372 735287 (Epsom), Email:
  • Muhsina K Mohamedally, Pathology Quality Manager, Tel:  020 8296 2798 (St Helier) or 01372 735287 (Epsom), Email:

Please contact the laboratory if you need advice regarding paediatric specimens.

Respiratory virus PCR

Alternate name

Molecular detection of Influenza A (inc.2009 H1N1, H1 & H3 subtypes), Influenza B, RSV, Coronaviruses, Parainfluenza viruses, Metapneumovirus, Adenovirus, Bocavirus and Entero/Rhinovirus


Swabs to be taken using a viral swab, green top. Ideally both throat and nose swabs should be taken.

Bottle top colour

Nose/Throat:Viral swab, green top. NPA: Appropriate sterile container

Bottle / container

Photo of Respiratory virus PCR

Turn around time

1-4 working days

Performed (frequency)

Daily Monday-Friday

Transport and storage

Transport to the laboratory immediately in a sealed specimen transport bag with an accompanying request form. If there is a delay or the sample is taken out of hours store it at 4-8 *C if not urgent and send immediately the following working day.

Additional information

This test will be performed for acute cases only and at the discretion of the Consultant Microbiologist.



Reference range

Lab address

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