Instructions for referring suspected COVID-19 samples to RCI for testing

A reminder of the instructions sent to hospitals in April 2020

19 January 2021

We'd like to remind you how samples known or suspected to be COVID-19 should be sent to our labs:

  • Contact the lab first

  • Label the sample(s) and request forms “high risk”

  • Seal the sample(s) properly, place in a sealed plastic bag with an absorbent pad, and in a protective container such as a sample box or plastic tub

  • Packaging must comply with UN3373 

Read more in our communication from 8 April 

Mark Williams, Head of RCI