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PCR test disposal

If a care home is currently in outbreak, PCR recovery testing should not be undertaken as measures can now be lifted 5 days after the last confirmed or suspected case. However, care homes may be asked to undertake multi-pathogen swabs by an HPT if there are specific concerns. Existing in-date PCRs may be kept for this use in care homes. Otherwise, any excess or expired PCR test kits should be disposed of in a normal household waste bin, or by informing a local waste management company if there are multiple boxes.

Test kit expiry date

It has been brought to our attention that several test kits gave unreadable results.

To make sure you are using valid tests and minimise the chance of further void results, it is important to always note the expiry date and use tests in the order they were received. Dispose of any expired tests and those within one week of expiry. Any expired tests will be classed as void.

If you have any questions or doubts, please call the hub 01707 708108 / assistance@hcpa.co.uk