Respiratory virus PCR


This qualitative assay is a multiplex PCR assay consisting of four panels and includes an internal control. The assay detects influenza A (seasonal) and B, RSV A and B, human metapneumovirus, parainfluenza viruses 1-3 and influenza A (H1N1 or swine flu). A rapid diagnosis of respiratory tract infection allows prompt infection control measures to be put in place, as well as the timely administration of antivirals, where applicable. The inherent semi-quantitative nature of this assay allows cycle threshold values to be monitored over time in successive samples from a patient. This assay can also be used for the detection of respiratory viruses in CSF samples, in cases of post-infectious neurological involvement.

Also known as

Influenza, swine flu, RSV, Parainfluenza, human metapneumovirus

Request a test

To request this test please send sample with a request providing patient ID (three identifiers), specimen information, assay required, relevant clinical details and sender information. Before sending sample please read details on requesting and labelling by clicking on the link. Please also refer to any additional information provided for this test.

Additional information

This assay detects Influenza A and B, RSV A and B, human metapneumovirus, Parainfluenza viruses 1-3 and swine flu

Sending address

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control Level 4, Camelia Botnar Laboratories Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children Great Ormond Street London WC1N 3JH DX number: DX6640203 DX Exchange: Bloomsbury 91WC

Laboratory service

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

Sample requirements

Sterile container containing any of the following, as appropriate: NPA, BAL, nose and throat swab (in viral transport medium, available on request), CSF (minimum 200ul), lung biopsy

Reference range

Not applicable

Turnaround time

24 hours

Disease / group

Viral infection


Upon request

Call in advance?

Not required

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

Our laboratory performs a wide range of routine and specialist investigations in Bacteriology, Virology and PCR.

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