COVID-19 Info

Specimen Collection Pack

The pack has the following necessary items for Sample Collection:

  • 2 x dry swabs
  • 1 x Label 1 x N95 Mask for the healthcare worker
  • 1 x Surgical Mask the patient for self-isolation
  • 2 x pairs of gloves for healthcare worker and patient
  • Parafilm Urgent specimen packet
  • Biohazardous sticker
  • All the necessary documentation

Collection of the nasopharyngeal swab (NPS)

  • Open a sterile dry swab at the plastic shaft
  • Ask the patient to tilt his/her head back. Estimate the distance from the patientnose to the ear: This is how far the swab should be inserted
  • Ask the patient to tilt his/her head back. Estimate the distance from the patientnose to the ear: This is how far the swab should be inserted
  • Gently insert swab into the nostril and back (not up-wards) to the nasopharynx until a slight resistance is met
  • Rotate swab 2-3 times and hold in place for 2-3 seconds
  • If resistance is met remove and try another nostril
  • Slowly withdraw swab and without touching it, put it into the container

Collection of the oropharyngeal swab (OPS)

  • Take a second dry swab and open it at the plastic shaft
  • Ask the patient to tilt their head back and open mouth wide
  • Hold the tongue down with a tongue depressor
  • Have the patient say “aahh” to elevate the uvula
  • Swab each tonsil first, then the posterior pharynx in a figure 8 movement
  • Avoid swabbing the soft palate and do not touch the tongue with the swab tip as this procedure can induce the gag reflex.
  • Place the swab into the tube
  • Tightly close the tube
  • Place the two closed tubes with the swabs in the Ziploc bags
  • Remove gloves and N95 mask
  • Wash hands with soap and water
  • Place the bag with the sample in the fridge until collection by the courier.

Important additional information

We require a nasopharyngeal swab and oropharyngeal dry swabs. The specimen must be refrigerated until collected.

In addition to the Neuberg Global Request Form, the attached NICD Documents must be completed.

The test being performed is for COVID-19 using the PCR based test methodology, by Roche Diagnostics.

Cash Price for the test is R850.

For medical/clinical related queries by health care professionals only, contact the NICD Hotline +27 (0) 82 883 9920.

Guidelines and case definitions are available on the NICD website: http://www.nicd.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/COVID-19-Quick-reference-27-01-2020-Final.pdf

Specimen Collection Pack

The pack has the following necessary items for Sample Collection:

  • 2 x dry swabs
  • 1 x Label 1 x N95 Mask for the healthcare worker
  • 1 x Surgical Mask the patient for self-isolation
  • 2 x pairs of gloves for healthcare worker and patient
  • Parafilm Urgent specimen packet
  • Biohazardous sticker
  • All the necessary documentation

Collection of the nasopharyngeal swab (NPS)

  • Open a sterile dry swab at the plastic shaft
  • Ask the patient to tilt his/her head back. Estimate the distance from the patientnose to the ear: This is how far the swab should be inserted
  • Ask the patient to tilt his/her head back. Estimate the distance from the patientnose to the ear: This is how far the swab should be inserted
  • Gently insert swab into the nostril and back (not up-wards) to the nasopharynx until a slight resistance is met
  • Rotate swab 2-3 times and hold in place for 2-3 seconds
  • If resistance is met remove and try another nostril
  • Slowly withdraw swab and without touching it, put it into the container

Collection of the oropharyngeal swab (OPS)

  • Take a second dry swab and open it at the plastic shaft
  • Ask the patient to tilt their head back and open mouth wide
  • Hold the tongue down with a tongue depressor
  • Have the patient say “aahh” to elevate the uvula
  • Swab each tonsil first, then the posterior pharynx in a figure 8 movement
  • Avoid swabbing the soft palate and do not touch the tongue with the swab tip as this procedure can induce the gag reflex.
  • Place the swab into the tube
  • Tightly close the tube
  • Place the two closed tubes with the swabs in the Ziploc bags
  • Remove gloves and N95 mask
  • Wash hands with soap and water
  • Place the bag with the sample in the fridge until collection by the courier.

Important additional information

We require a nasopharyngeal swab and oropharyngeal dry swabs. The specimen must be refrigerated until collected.

In addition to the Neuberg Global Request Form, the attached NICD Documents must be completed.

The test being performed is for COVID-19 using the PCR based test methodology, by Roche Diagnostics.

Cash Price for the test is R850.

For medical/clinical related queries by health care professionals only, contact the NICD Hotline +27 (0) 82 883 9920.

Guidelines and case definitions are available on the NICD website: http://www.nicd.ac.za/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/COVID-19-Quick-reference-27-01-2020-Final.pdf