Naso-phayngeal aspirate (NPA) for RSV




  • Respiratory syncytial virus or RSV is the commonest cause of severe respiratory illness such as bronchiolitis in children aged under 3 years
  • Tests are run throughout the day from Monday to Friday up until 16.00
  • At weekends test runs are set up at 10.00

Sample requirements

Naso-pharyngeal aspirate 


Trachea suction set for NPA

Required information

  • Relevant clinical details


Refrigerate immediately after collection

Transport as soon as possible at ambient temperature

Turnaround time

Within 24 hours


Page last reviewed: 12/12/2017