Viral eye swab




  • Viral eye swabs are tested for a range of viruses depending on the clinical details
  • These samples are NOT suitable for Chlamydia investigations
  • See also:

Sample requirements

Please check swab expiry date before use


Evert lid and swab conjunctiva

Place swab into virus transport tube

Viral transport swab

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details e.g. shingles
  • Date of onset


Store at room temperature

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Sent to a Regional Reference Centre

Up to 7 days

Page last reviewed: 14/01/2014