Pathology Handbook

Respiratory syncytial virus

Clinical Indications


Test Includes

Detection of Respiratory Syncytial Virus antigen by rapid immunochromatographic assay

Request Form 

Request via ICE


On request up to 21:00.
After 17:30, the on-call Microbiologist MUST be contacted via the hospital switchboard to request that this test be performed

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information, including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection

Turnaround Time

Rapid antigen detection test: up to 3 hours


Naso-pharyngeal aspirate


White Capped Universal

Urine bottle white top


Sample should be transported to laboratory immediately

Lab Handling

Sample should be processed as soon as possible

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Delay in sample reaching laboratory
Leaking sample