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Coronavirus staff guidance University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Sampling for coronavirus

Last updated: 12 October 2022 at 18:03

Samples required

Send one swab per patient.

Using the plastic shafted swab:

  • Vigorously swab the back of the throat around the tonsillar area
  • Then place the same swab up both nostrils
  • Place the swab in the transport media

Use a green viral swab if available. If not, use a dry swab and place in a sterile universal pot (i.e. white topped urine or sputum pot).

How to conduct a swab for coronavirus


Samples should be transported via Portering Service and not sent via the pod/chute system.

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