March 2020

Out of Hours and Weekend Results


Due to the phenomenal telephone traffic during out of hours and at weekends we appreciate your patience while we try to deal with your call.

We will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possiable.

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Update 2: SARS-CoV-2 testing at the NVRL


Dear Colleagues

As the demand for SARS-CoV-2 testing increases the NVRL is rationalising resources in order to prioritise our response to the COVID-19 epidemic. This notification is to inform you of arrangements for SARS-CoV-2 testing and of changes to the regular NVRL service which are required to facilitate the timely reporting of suspect COVID-19 cases. It is envisaged that additional capacity for testing will also be available in regional hospital laboratories over the coming weeks.

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Update: COVID-19 / SARS-CoV-2 testing at the National Virus Reference Laboratory


All potential cases must be discussed with a member of Public Health.


SARS-CoV-2 activity has increased significantly in the EU in recent days, leading to a significant demand for testing at NVRL. 

In addition, the Irish case definition has expanded to include Hong Kong, Iran, Italy (the four northern regions of Emilia-Romagna, Lombardy, Piedmont, and Veneto), Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.  As such, demand could well increase further in the coming days and weeks.


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