News

  • Resumption of HAV IgG testing

    Oct
    08

    Further to previous correspondence dated 04/10/18, I am happy to advise that the NVRL has been able to secure kits of unaffected lot numbers.

    HAV IgG testing was restored the afternoon of Thur 4th Oct when an unaffected lot number was procured. All affected lot numbers have now been replaced and no further delays are anticipated.

    We are currently working with the supplier Abbott Laboratories to ascertain the impact, if any, on previously tested samples and may be in touch further as necessary.

    Posted By Brian O'Grady read more
  • HAV IgG Testing - Notice

    Oct
    04

    In accordance with the Field Safety Notice(FSN) document avilable in the link below, there is currently no HAV IgG testing available at the NVRL.

    Please note that HAV IgM testing is still available as we have an alternative assay platform on site.

    We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and assure you that we are working with the manufacturer to recommence HAV IgG testing locally as soon as possible.

    Posted By phelanj read more
  • Telephone Line Technical Issues - UPDATE

    Oct
    02

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    Our serivce provider has resolved the technical issues and all telephone lines are operating as normal now.

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    Due to a technical issue beyond our control we are currently experiencing issues with our Clinical Results Line, 01 716 4418.

    Until the issue is resolved please dial 01 716 4440

    For all other queries please call 01 716 1220

    Posted By phelanj read more
  • Update on changes to viral meningitis/encephalitis diagnostic testing

    Jun
    29

    Further to our previous correspondence in relation to the above issue, please accept our apologies for the delay implementing same.

    Whilst this move was scheduled for March, we had to postpone it due to unexpected difficulties accessing kits. We believe this issue has now been resolved. As such, from June 27th onwards, the NVRL will screen all Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) specimens received for testing using the FTlyo Viral meningitis real-time PCR assay from Fast-Track Diagnostics (FTD).

    Posted By phelanj read more
  • Clinical Telephone Line Technical Issues

    May
    15

    Due to a technical issue beyond our control we are currently experiencing issues with our Clinical Results Line, 01 716 4418.

    Until the issue is resolved please dial 01 716 4401 and choose option 2.

    We appoloigies for any inconvience caused.

    Posted By phelanj read more
  • 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.

    Posted By Brian O'Grady read more
  • 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.

    Posted By Anonymous read more
  • 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
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