Although the vast majority of samples are taken by a public testing organisation, medical centres also have the option to take samples, if necessary.

TAKING A SAMPLE FROM NASOPHARYNX

A doctor will prepare a referral letter in their program under the SYNLAB lab order list: Analysis of infectious agents (PCR) > choose nasopharyngeal swab. The barcode has to be added to the order. After that click “Save” and “Send”. The sample must be marked with the barcode. In the absence of electronic ordering, it is possible to prepare a paper referral letter and mark the sample with the patient’s first and last name.

  • Instructions for nasopharyngeal sampling can be found HERE.
  • The form of the paper referral letter for the nasopharyngeal sampling (SARS-CoV-2 RNA) can be found HERE.
  • Sampling equipment and barcodes can be ordered HERE.

TAKING A SAMPLE FROM PHARYNGEAL WASHINGS

The family doctor completes a referral letter in their program from the SYNLAB lab order list: Analysis of infectious agents (PCR) > choose pharyngeal washings. The barcode has to be added to the order. After that click “Save” and “Send”. The sample must be marked with the barcode. In the absence of electronic ordering, it is possible to prepare a paper referral letter and mark the sample with the patient’s first and last name.

  • Instructions for pharyngeal washings can be found HERE.
    NB! Each sample must be collected under the supervision of a medical professional!
  • The form of the paper referral letter (SARS-CoV-2 RNA) can be found HERE.
  • Sampling equipment and barcodes can be ordered HERE with the title: “Proovivõtukomplekt koroonaviiruse määramiseks kurguloputusvedelikuga. The kit includes one dose (10 ml) of physiological saline solution (0.9% NaCl), a cup for collecting the sample and a vacuum collection tube.

Sampling logistics to the SYNLAB’s molecular biology laboratory in Tallinn is organised by SYNLAB. It is also possible to bring samples to any SYNLAB testing point during their opening hours or to the SYNLAB Tallin laboratory at Veerenni 53a around the clock by calling the emergency number in advance during non-working hours (please contact SYNLAB’s account manager for the number).

The laboratory will send the results within 1-2 days to the health information system and the family doctor program (in case of electronic ordering).

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