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Please read the following information before ordering

Aptima Collection devices for combined Chlamydia / Gonorrhoeae testing / Trichomonas vaginalis

Notification of current supply constraints on Aptima Collection Devices

UCD NVRL has been notified by HOLOGIC that, an unprecedented sudden and significant global demand for COVID-19 testing has placed supply constraints on their Collection Devices:

• Aptima® Multitest Swab Specimen Collection Kit PRD-03546
• Aptima® Urine Specimen Collection Kit No.301040
• Aptima® Unisex Swab Specimen Collection Kit No. 301041

As such, the NVRL has had to carefully control supply of the collection devices in the short term. These short-term supply constraints are an essential measure to ensure continuity of supply for our users whilst Hologic implement a number of improvements to increase the volume of collection devices being made available for sale.

Please note your complete order may not be filled. Should you require additional collection devices please submit a new order clarifying the quantity required. The NVRL is investigating alternative collection devices as a contingency

Urine collection guide

Mulitiest swab collection gude

Unisex swab colllection guide

Oracol Saliva Collection Devices

The device is designed to be used in a similar way to a toothbrush. Saliva is collected by rubbing the sponge swab firmly along the gum (at the base of the teeth if present) until the sponge is wet, this takes about 1 minute. Once the sponge is sufficiently wet, replace the sponge swab back into the test tube and insert the cap. The sample is then ready to be sent to the laboratory for processing.

Copan UTM

Copan UTM™, Universal Transport Medium, is a room temperature stable transport medium for collection, transport, maintenance and long term freeze storage of viruses and other intra-cellular pathogens. Copan swabs may be used to collect samples for the following investigations: Herpes Simplex virus, Varicella Zoster virus, Adenovirus, Enterovirus, Parechovirus, Measles & Mumps (however, buccal swabs are preferable) and the respiratory pathogen screen, i.e. nose and throat swabs (screen includes Adenovirus, Bocavirus, Coronavirus, Influenza A and B, Human metapneumovirus, Parainfluenza (1-4) virus, Respiratory syncytial virus, Pan-Rhino/Entero virus,Chlamydia pneumoniae and Mycoplasma pneumoniae). More information is available here on Product Information and How-to-Use.

Please note: While the Copan UTM swabs state they are suitable for Chlamydia, Mycoplasma and Ureaplasma testing, Chlamydia trachomatis testing is performed only on samples taken using Aptima collection devices (Hologic); Molecular Mycoplasma pneumoniae testing is performed on respiratory samples only. Ureaplasma testing is not currently provided by the NVRL.

Faecal Swabs

Faecal swabs are now available for ordering.

Stool sample collection guide

Rectal sample collection guide

Product Insert and How to use guide

Fecal swab brochure;