Virology

Virology Turnaround Times

Please note in-house turnaround times are based on a negative result. Reactive results may increase turnaround time depending on test. Please contact the lab for queries.

Non-urgent samples/investigations

Test Turnaround In-House or Referral Investigation
Adenovirus PCR 2-7 days In-House
Ante-natal screen 2-7 days In-House
Anti DNAse B 2-10 days In-House
Anti-streptolysin O 2-7 days In-House
Aspergillus farmers lung 14-21 days Referral
Aspergillus galactomannan 1-7 days Referral
Avian antibodies 14-21 days Referral
BK virus DNA 1-7 days Referral
Bordatella antibodies (pertussis) 14-21 days Referral
Borrelia burgdorferi antibodies (Lymes) 14-21 days Referral
Brucella antibodies 14-21 days Referral
Campylobacter antibodies 14-21 days Referral
Chlamydia trachomatis detection SDA 1-4 days In-House
Confirmation Hepatitis C antibody 1-8 days In-House
Coxiella burneti antibodies 14-21 days Referral
Coxsackie antibodies 14-21 days Referral
Cryptococcal antigen 2-3 days Referral
Cytomegalovirus IgG (and avidity) 1-4 days In-House
Cytomegalovirus IgM 1-3 days In-House
Cytomegalovirus PCR 2-7 days In-House
Dengue antibodies 14-21 days Referral
Diphtheria antibodies 14-21 days Referral
Dried Blood Spot testing 14-21 days Referral
Enterovirus IgM 14-21 days Referral
Enterovirus PCR 2-7 days In-House
Epstein Barr Virus EBNA IgG 1-5 days In-House
Epstein Barr Virus PCR 2-7 days In-House
Epstein Barr Virus VCA IgM / IgG 1-5 days In-House
Fungal precipitins 14-21 days Referral
Haemophilus antibody 14-21 days Referral
Hantavirus antibody 14-21 days Referral
Hepatitis A IgM 1–8 days In-House
Hepatitis A immunity 1-8 days In-House
Hepatitis B Core IgM 1-7 days In-House
Hepatitis B e ag/ab 1-7 days In-House
Hepatitis B Surface antibody 12-48 hours In-House
Hepatitis B Surface antigen 12-48 hours In-House
Hepatitis B Surface antigen (ANC or subfertility screening) 3-5 days In-House
Hepatitis B Total Core antibody 12-48 hours In-House
Hepatitis B Viral Load PCR 1-14 days In-House
Hepatitis C antibody 12-48 hours In-House
Hepatitis C genotype 14-21 days Referral
Hepatitis C Viral Load (Quantitative) 1-10 days In-House
Hepatitis D antibodies (Deltavirus) 14-21 days Referral
Hepatitis E antibodies/PCR 14-21 days Referral
Herpes simplex virus 1&2 antibodies 14-21 days Referral
Herpes simplex virus DNA SDA (gynae swabs) 1-8 days In-House
Herpes simplex virus PCR 2-7 days In-House
HIV Antigen /Antibody ANC or subfertility screening 1-5 days In-House
HIV Antigen/Antibody 12-48 hours In-House
HIV Antigen/Antibody confirmation 14-21 days Referral
HIV Viral Load PCR 1-10 days In-House
HIV Viral Resistance/ HIV tropism/ TDM 3-8 weeks Referral
HSV/VZV/Enterovirus PCR (CSF) 2-7 days In-House
HTLV antibodies 7-14 days In-House
JC Virus DNA 7-14 days Referral
JC Virus DNA (CSF) 7-14 days Referral
Leptospira IgM 14-21 days Referral
Malaria antibodies 14-21 days Referral
Measles IgG/IgM 1-8 days In-House
Meningococcal antibodies 14-21 days Referral
Meningococcal PCR 2-5 days Referral
Mumps IgG/IgM 1-8 days In-House
Mumps RNA PCR 14-21 days Referral
Mycoplasma IgM 1-8 days In-House
Neisseria gonorrhoeae DNA SDA 1-4 days In-House
Parasitology serology 14-21 days Referral
Parvovirus DNA PCR 14-21 days Referral
Parvovirus IgG/IgM 1-8 days In-House
Pneumococcal antibody 14-21 days Referral
Pneumocystis carinii PCR 1-5 days Referral
Poliovirus antibody 14-21 days Referral
Respiratory Panel PCR 2-7 days In-House
Respiratory Virus (RSV)/ Influenza RNA (Rapid PCR) Same day In-House
Rickettsial antibody 14-21 days Referral
Rubella IgG/IgM 1-5 days In-House
Syphilis confirmation 14-21 days Referral
Syphilis serology 1-4 days In-House
Tetanus antibodies 14-21 days Referral
Toxocara antibodies 14-21 days Referral
Toxoplasma antibodies 1-3 days In-House
Toxoplasma DNA PCR 14-21 days Referral
Toxoplasma Dye test 14-21 days Referral
Trichomonas vaginalis SDA (GUM) 1-8 days In-House
Tropical Infectious Ab screen 14-21 days Referral
Varicella zoster IgG 1-3 days In-House
Varicella zoster IgM 14-21 days Referral
Varicella Zoster Virus PCR 2-7 days In-House
West Nile virus 14-21 days Referral
Whipples PCR 14-21 days Referral

Urgent investigations *

Test Turnaround In-House or Referral Investigation
Hepatitis B surface antigen 2 hours In-House
Hepatitis C antibodies 2 hours In-House
HIV Antigen/Antibody PCR 2 hours In-House
Influenza Virus (FLU A/B) Rapid 4 hours In-House
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Rapid PCR 4 hours In-House
Varicella zoster IgG 3 hours In-House

* All requests for urgent Virology must be discussed with the Consultant Microbiologist (01482 622680) before requesting.