Lab Update – Swab supplies for COVID-19 testing

In this period of increased demand for swabs for COVID-19 testing, there may be a requirement to substitute the swabs that are currently supplied.  The following swabs may be supplied to GPs and medical practices when an order is placed with Labtests. 

NASOPHARYNGEAL SWAB – flexible flock swab and VTM

NOBLE BIO – Clinical Virus Transport Medium (CTM)

Note:  the Noble Bio package contains two swabs:  the finer one is for nasopharyngeal swabbing, the larger one is an oropharyngeal swab.  Please use one swab per patient only.  Nasopharyngeal swab is the preferred sample type.

Christine Davey

General Manager – Labtests & Northland Pathology

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