We are pleased to inform you that LifeLabs will be reoffering molecular PCR testing for the combined detection of COVID-19, Flu A, Flu B, and RSV for our community patients starting on September 26, 2022.
This OHIP-covered test will assist in differentiating some of the possible viral causes of respiratory tract infection and flu-like symptoms. The combined COVID and respiratory virus test will only be available to patients experiencing COVID or flu-like symptoms. Therefore, this test cannot be accepted for the purposes of travel. If a patient inquires about COVID testing for travelling, they can be directed to our FlyClear page: www.lifelabs.com/flyclear/predeparture/.
Please be advised that the COVID/Flu combo test will only be offered seasonally from September-April.
At this time, LifeLabs can only perform this testing on samples collected by health care providers. The test is not currently available for collection at LifeLabs’ patient service centres. If you require this test for your patient, please refer to the instructions below:
- To order the respiratory viral collection swabs, LifeLabs clients can indicate that they would like the Copan respiratory viral swabs and the quantity needed under ‘Miscellaneous’ section of the LifeLabs Client Order Form
- The Public Health Ontario Virus Test requisition must be completed and can be found here through this link. To fill in the requisition, please indicate that nasopharyngeal swab is collected, chose the combo test COVID+FLU and indicate that the patient is symptomatic, as shown below:
2. Please send us an appropriately collected nasopharyngeal swab in the proper collection device. Samples other than Nasopharyngeal swabs collected by health care providers, cannot be accepted (e.g., saliva, anterior nasal, or buccal swabs).
3. Collected specimens should then be packaged in an Inner Leak Proof Poly Bag with an absorbent pad or paper towel and given to a LifeLabs courier at regularly scheduled courier pickups, for delivery to a LifeLabs testing facility.
4. If you are not currently a LifeLabs client but would like to explore having LifeLabs as a service provider, please contact us at: ONlocationopp@lifelabs.com