News

  • Change in NVRL secondary anti HCV test.

    Apr
    13

    From 10th April onwards, the NVRL will be using the Innotest anti-HCV assay instead of the VIDAS anti-HCV assay.

    Please continue to request the Architect anti-HCV assay; the Innotest anti-HCV assay is a reflex assay here at the NVRL and will be used as required according to our own testing algorithm(s).

    The NVRL IT department will provide specific information including the relevant test request code to all users who interact with us electronically.

    Please contact the NVRL at 01 716 1347 if you would like to discuss this matter further.

    Posted By Brian O'Grady read more
  • CSF testing in cases of suspected Lyme Neuroborreliosis

    Mar
    28

    The NVRL have been advised by the Lyme Disease Service in Public Health England, Porton that a contemporaneous serum sample must accompany all CSF samples requiring testing for Lyme Neuroborreliosis. The serum must be taken on the same day or in extremis within a day either side of the CSF sample.

    Please note that CSF samples received in the NVRL without an accompanying serum specimen will not be referred for testing, a minimum volume of 0.5ml (for both serum and CSF) is required.

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  • The National Virus Reference Laboratory Annual Report for 2017

    Mar
    14

    The National Virus Reference Laboratory Annual Report for 2017 is now avilable in pdf form for download here

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  • Introduction of Fast-track Meningo/Encephalitis assay delayed

    Mar
    14

    Please note the introduction of the Fast-track Meningo/encephalitis assay has unfortunately been delayed due to a supply issue until May 2018. The NVRL sincerely apologises for this delay and will keep you updated.

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  • Out of hours on call service now operating normally

    Mar
    05

    The out of hours service can now be contacted through Voxpro again.

    Posted By Brian O'Grady read more
  • Change to out of hours on call service due to weather conditions

    Mar
    02

    Our our on call service provider is unable to provide a full service due to the current weather conditions. The “out of hours” service for advice and the investigation of urgent specimens can now be contacted directly on 087 980 6448 until further notice.

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  • Limited service - Thursday 1 March

    Mar
    01

    The NVRL is open today with a restricted service. However, in light of the severe weather warning, and in the interests of the safety of our staff, we will be closing at 1300 hours. Please call (01) 716 4401 to discuss urgent test requests. An out of hours service will then be available. The laborarory will also stay closed tomorrow

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  • Limited service - Wednesday 28th February

    Feb
    28

    Despite the snow, the NVRL is open today. However, we are providing a restricted service. Please contact the lab at (01) 716 4401 to discuss urgent test requests. The laboratory will also be operating a restricted service tomorrow.

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  • Change in NVRL secondary anti-HBc and anti-HTLV I/II tests

    Feb
    20

    From 19th February onwards, the NVRL will be using the anti-HBc Total Liaison XL test instead of the anti-HBc Total Biorad test and the anti-HTLV I/II Liaison XL test instead of the anti-HTLV I/II Murex test.

    Whilst this move was scheduled for April, we have had to bring it forward due to unexpected difficulty with accessing BioRad kits for the anti-HBc.

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  • NVRL test name description changes

    Feb
    20

    In order to standardise our test naming system, the following format will be used: virus, target, test kit name or identification of the test as a laboratory developed test (LDT). Unfortunately, our Laboratory Information System (LIS) is limited to only 30 characters. As a result, some viruses such as Hepatitis B (HBV) and Japanese Encephalitis (JEV) and some kit names such as FastTrack (FT) may have to be abbreviated. The following are some examples of the recent changes:

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