Supplies of Aptima® Collection Devices at NVRL

Jul
15

Supplies of 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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CN-21-15: Resumption of T. pallidum RPR testing at NVRL

Jul
15

Following a temporary suspension of T. pallidum RPR testing, NVRL is delighted to inform its users that an alternative assay has been identified and following a successful verification has now been introduced.

 


Any queries in relation to this notification should be addressed to the Clinical Team on 01-7164418.

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CN-21-14: Customer Notification: T. pallidum RPR testing is temporarily unavailable at NVRL

Jul
01

T. pallidum RPR testing is temporarily unavailable at NVRL

 

Regrettably NVRL has to inform its users that we are temporarily unable to perform T. pallidum RPR testing. This is due to the discontinuation of the BioKit RPR REDITEST assay. 

NVRL is working to replace this test with a complimentary assay and customers will be notified as soon as possible via this website.

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CN-21-13: HIV Resistance testing continues to be unavailable at NVRL

Jun
17

Customer Notification: HIV Resistance testing continues to be unavailable at NVRL

 Due to continued staffing constraints at the NVRL, the temporary suspension of in-house HIV drug resistance announced on 17th November 2020 (CN-20-30) remains in place. Specimens for resistance testing will be referred to PHE Colindale until further notice, and subsequent referral reports will be issued to users.  No change to the test request codes is required.

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

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CN-21-11: Following HSE Ransomware attack, NVRL advises Users that the laboratory is operating as normal

May
21

THE HSE Ransomware attack has caused major issues across the Laboratory Network in recent days.

UCD NVRL is outside this and is operating a Normal Laboratory Testing Service.

Reporting of results however is affected, and reports can only be issued in hard copy, until further notice.

 

NVRL apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Please contact the Quality office on 01-7164444 if you have any queries.

 

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CN-21-10: Healthcare Lab of the Year 2021

Apr
29

April 29th 2021

Notification to all our users.

The National Virus Reference Laboratory is delighted to advise all our users that the laboratory has received the ‘Healthcare Laboratory of the Year’ Award at the Irish Laboratory Awards 2021 ceremony, held today via Zoom.

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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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