Investigations Norovirus
Noroviruses, or "winter vomiting virus" are the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the UK. The viruses are highly infectious with sudden onset of symptoms and outbreaks can easily occur in semi-closed environments such as hospitals and nursing homes.

Molecular Tests
Norovirus PCR
Inform lab before sending No
Specimen type Faeces: Collect at least a pea sized amount or 0.5ml into a stool container.
Ideal time to take specimen  
Labelling requirements click here
How to take the specimen  
Transport to the laboratory If transport is delayed then store at +4°C
Test Times Daily
Turnround 3 workings days
Additional information Norovirus samples need to arrive in the laboratory before 9am for testing the same day.
A seven day testing service will be available during outbreaks.
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