The request for this test is different to the routine PHE lab, as outlined below:

Specimen acceptance:

The POCT Team will only accept correctly labelled specimens in the appropriate container.

Specimen rejection criteria:

  • Incorrect label applied – we can only accept specimens with the appropriate POCT label.
  • Specimens in wrong collection vial – we can only accept swabs in SAMBA II buffer.
  • Specimens without a collection time written on the label – to ensure collection time can be recorded at receipt point in POC facility.
  • Specimens delivered greater than 18hrs from collection – sample will not be viable.

Rejected specimens will be recorded in EPIC by the POCT team using the EXT Result Entry mechanism and visible in the chart.