NVRL is pleased to Advise Customers of our new EIRCODE

Aug
08

NVRL is very pleased to inform customers that an Eircode has been assigned.

Please see below. This Eircode should aid deliveries in locating our premises.

Please address any queries to the Customer Care Officer at 01-7161257

EirCode finder

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Update to Delivery Entrance to NVRL - 19th and 20th July

Jul
18

As a result of ongoing works around the entrance to UCD Belfiled Campus, Enabling Works for UCD Future Campus Phase One, the usual entrance to NVRL for receipt of deliveries will be closed on 

Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th July 2022.

Please see the diagram below which shows the access route for deliveries for these days. Please follow the blue line in your vehilce. The red dotted line, leading to the NVRL reception, can only be followed on foot

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Handling of samples from suspected Monkeypox virus (MPXV) cases

Jun
17

The current outbreak of Human Monkeypox infections (HMI) has resulted in samples being sent to UCD NVRL for Orthopox and MPXV West African Clade specific PCR. 

It is vital that samples for MPXV are transported to UCD NVRL as a Category A pathogens. Please see here the link to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) regarding transport of these samples.

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Customer Notifications regarding Extended Expiry Dating of some Aptima Lots

May
13

Please see below links to Customer Technical Bulletins that were received from Hologic in response to recent shortages of Aptima Collection Devices (ACDs). This CN has been updated 21st June 2022.

Extended Expiry Dating studies were completed at Hologic and the links below contain data relating to lot numbers for Urine and Multitest Collection Kits and updated expiry dates.

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Changes to NVRL testing, regarding Measles IgM and Rubella IgM

May
06

Changes to NVRL testing, regarding Measles IgM and Rubella IgM

Measles:

Following a review of testing at NVRL, it was noted that Measles IgM investigations were being requested as part of a general viral screen.  Measles IgM testing should be performed when there is a high index of suspicion that the patient has an acute measles infection.  In addition, an oral fluid sample should be collected for measles RNA, to facilitate genotyping to identify transmission pathways

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Update: Notification of Global Supply Shortage of Hologic Aptima Collection Devices

Apr
21

From March 1st 2022 UCD NVRL were made aware of global shortages of the following collection devices provided by Hologic:

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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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