Obtaining Nasopharyngeal Swabs for Viral Detection during Suspected/Confirmed COVID Outbreak

Medical Directive ID: 
Lead Contact Person: 
Rhodora Laylo, Coordinator Infection Safety
Physician/Nurse Lead: 
Dr. Elaine Thurgood
Occupational Health and Safety Services
Approval By: 
Medical Advisory Committee
Original Effective Date: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Revised Date: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
To Be Reviewed Date: 
Saturday, April 22, 2023
This Medical Directive Applies to the following sites: 
All SJH sites
This Medical Directive Applies to the following patient population: 

This medical directive provides authority to communicate an order to the Occupational Health Nurses (OHN’s) and/or seconded nurses to obtain a nasopharyngeal (NP) and/or throat swab for staff members of St. Joseph’s Health Care for the purpose of COVID screening.


All employees, persons with practicing privileges, contract workers, students and volunteers who carry on activities within St. Joseph’s Health Care London will have access to COVID 19 testing, specifically, nasal pharyngeal/throat swab, when deemed appropriate through Occupational Health and Safety Services.

For the purposes of this medical directive, these groups will be collectively referred to as staff members.

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SurnameKnown ByDate Signed
ThurgoodElaineOct 8 2020 10:11:25:530AM