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  • 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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  • Results line service suspended

    Sep
    02

    Due to the high volume of testing in the NVRL unfortunately at this time we cannot offer a result line service. Urgent medical enquiries can be notified via our secure email nvrl.admin@healthmail.ie. We apologise for the inconvenience and expect to resume this service as soon as possible.

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  • OraCol samples will no longer be tested for IgM antibody response to measles, mumps or rubella

    Jul
    20

    Due to the ongoing pandemic of SARS-CoV-2, from henceforth (until further notice) only molecular investigations for measles, rubella or mumps RNA (PCR) will be performed on the OraCol collection devices. 

    No IgM testing for measles, rubella or mumps will be performed

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  • Notification of current supply constraints on Aptima Collection Devices

    Jul
    06

    UCD NVRL has been notified by HOLOGIC that, an unprecedented sudden and significant global demand for COVID-19 testing has placed supply constraints on their Collection Devices:

    • Aptima® Multitest Swab Specimen Collection Kit PRD-03546
    • Aptima® Urine Specimen Collection Kit No.301040
    • Aptima® Unisex Swab Specimen Collection Kit No. 301041

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  • Customer Notification of change in the contact number for NVRL Out of Hours Service

    Jun
    12

    UCD NVRL has been informed by our service provider that our current contact number for our Urgent Out of Hours Call Back service (Voxpro 021-4521935) is being changed as part of a system upgrade.

    If seeking SARS-CoV-2 results please note these are not available using the NVRL out of hours number, please telephone 1850 24 1850

    The on-call service can now be accessed outside normal hours by contacting 01-7164050. This will connect you to the call back service. As before, when using this number, the following information is required:

     

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