Information alert

The guidance on this page relates to Mid-Mersey division staff who transferred from North West Boroughs Healthcare on 1 June 2021.

How do I record a patient’s Covid-19 swab on Rio? Do I need to record anything if a patient refuses the swab? 

All planned swabs should be logged on Rio using the Inpatient Screening and Testing Form, even if a patient refuses the swab.

Please refer to the Covid-19 Inpatient Screening and Testing Form User Guide for further guidance on how to access and navigate the form.

I am a staff member on an inpatient ward and have completed a PCR swab due to an outbreak or an asymptomatic testing regime, how should I label my sample?     

It is vitally important that you label your specimen bottle and complete and print out a microbiology lab form. You will then need to place the form into the outer bag of your Covid 19 sample before returning. You can print as many of these forms as you like but if any of your details change you will have to complete the form again.

The form can be accessed here:

Step-by-step instructions can be found here.

If you require any further information, please contact:

If the bottle is not labelled or form not completed, your results may not receive your results in a timely manner.

If you haven’t had a result after 24hrs, then please contact to request the ICE system is checked.