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Microbiology and Serology / Laboratory Medicine Covid-19 testing

For all clinical advice regarding Covid-19

Clinical Advice 


York Hospital Patients

Monday - Friday

09:00 - 17:00

Contact the Operational Microbiologist for York Hospital Patients on 01904 725131 (external), 5131 (internal)

Scarborough Hospital Patients

Monday - Friday

09:00 - 17:00

Contact the Operational Microbiologist for Scarborough via the hospital switchboard '0'

At all other times: Contact the Microbiology Doctor on Call via the hospital switchboard '0'


 Please note that we regret that we cannot provide results or offer advice directly to members of the public, who should contact their healthcare provider.

For staff Covid-19 test results please obtain these via occupational health between 09:00 – 17:00 Monday – Thursday, 09:00 – 16:30 Friday on 01904 72 1600 or via the email






Abbott ID Now point of care test (PCR)

Any patient with symptoms of a possible respiratory virus infection

Dry nose swab

Laboratory respiratory virus panel (PCR)

Negative for COVID-19 and influenza on rapid ID NOW point of care tests and at least one of the following criteria


-        At risk of poor outcome from RVI, e.g. high risk of severe COVID-19 (HRC), immunocompromised, severe underlying comorbidities.

-        Admitted to one of these locations: SCBU, paediatrics, maternity, CCU, HDU, ITU, ward 31, ward 33, Juniper ward.

-        Requested on clinical grounds by a consultant/specialty registrar.

-        Evidence of atypical respiratory infection or recent travel abroad.


Combined nose and throat swab.

Send to the laboratory in viral transport media

Lateral flow

From day 6-10 after a first positive COVID-19 test (to guide ending isolation).

Asymptomatic screening before discharge to a care home.

Dry nose swab sent to the laboratory


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