Customer Notification: HIV Resistance testing is temporarily unavailable at NVRL

Nov
17

CN-20-30

Due to staff constraints at the NVRL, a temporary suspension of in-house HIV drug resistance testing from 16th November 2020 to 28th February 2021 is announced.  Specimens for resistance testing will be referred to PHE Colindale during this period, and subsequent referral reports issued to users.  No change to the test request codes is required.

NVRL sincerely apologises for any inconvenience caused. Please contact the Clinical Team to discuss on 01-7164418.

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Customer Notification: Shortage of Abbott HCV Ag kits - Update

Nov
12

CN-20-29

Previously, on 5th October The National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) communicated that due to manufacturing difficulties there is a significant shortage of Abbott Architect HCV Antigen kits for the foreseeable future. Regrettably, the NVRL is required to further restrict the use of the HCV Ag assay

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Urgent Notification in relation to SARS-CoV-2 testing at NVRL

Oct
22

CN-20-27

Due to unavoidable staff shortages the NVRL will not be able to provide SARS-CoV-2 testing on the weekends of the 24th/25th/26th October and the 31st October/1st November 2020.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.  We would also like to reassure laboratory users and members of the public that these arrangements will not adversely affect the national testing capacity for SARS-CoV-2.

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Customer Notification: Ongoing Shortage of Aptima Collection Kits

Oct
16

Re-issue of Notification of ongoing supply constraints on Aptima Collection Devices

In July 2020, UCD NVRL issued notice to Users regarding shortage of the following collection devices provided by Hologic:

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Customer Notification: Shortage of Abbott HCV Ag kits

Oct
05

CN-20-22

The National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) was informed by Abbott Diagnostics that due to manufacturing problems there would be a significant shortage of Abbott Architect HCV Antigen kits for the foreseeable future. Therefore, the NVRL will prioritise the use of the Abbott Architect HCV Antigen assay for specific populations as listed below:

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Customer Notification: Possible increases in Test Turnaround Times at NVRL

Sep
22

CN-20-20

The UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) continues to provide a diagnostic and reference service for clinicians investigating viral infections throughout Ireland. We are proud to offer our service users accredited tests in line with national and international best practice.

Due to the recent increase in Covid-19 workload and on-going public health restrictions, turnaround times at NVRL might be affected. If specific tests are adversely affected these will be advised on the website via a separate Customer Notification.

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About the NVRL

The UCD National Virus Reference Laboratory (NVRL) provides a diagnostic and reference service for clinicians investigating viral infections throughout Ireland. The laboratory is affiliated to the University College Dublin School of Medicine. The NVRL have provided a virology diagnostic service to the Irish health service for over forty years.

We currently perform over 700,000 tests annually, involving some 120 tests for 40 different pathogens and provide specialist reference services which have been developed as a result of medical and technical expertise built over many years. We are proud to offer our service users accredited tests in line with national and international “best practice”.

Hours of service

Normal Opening Hours:        Monday to Friday:       8.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.

The laboratory routinely operates from 8.00 am to 6.00 p.m. daily but officially opens from 8.00am to 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

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Accreditation

The NVRL is accredited by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) to undertake testing as detailed in the Schedule bearing the Registration Number 326MT, in compliance with the International Standard ISO/IEC 15189:2012 "Medical laboratories - Requirements for quality and competence".

 

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