The National Gonococcal Reference Laboratory (interim) is the Irish Reference Laboratory for Neisseria gonorrhoeae, located within the hospital's Clinical Microbiology Department.
The National Gonococcal Reference Laboratory (interim) provides the following services to clinical microbiology laboratories throughout the country:
For information on how to access the service for the National Gonococcal Reference Laboratory please refer to the Gonococcal Reference Laboratory User Guide: Gonococcal User Guide.
Gonorrhoea isolates should be submitted as fresh subcultures on chocolate agar slopes from 18-hr pure subcultures grown on chocolate agar or Gonorrhoea selective agar. Isolates should be submitted as soon as possible after isolation. Isolates must be submitted as pure cultures and all isolates must be accompanied by a completed Gonococcal Reference Laboratory request form. LF micro 0504 GC Ref Lab Form
The Gonococcal Reference laboratory does not test primary samples e.g. swabs / first void urines.
The Gonococcal Reference Laboratory Service is available to all hospital microbiology laboratories in Ireland. Users of the service, at their own expense, are responsible for the packaging and transportation of samples in accordance with the ADR (European Agreement concerning the international carriage of dangerous Goods by Road, 2017) regulations.
The interim Gonococcal Reference Laboratory is involved with training of medical and scientific staff, research and the provision of epidemiological information in co-operation with the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) and the European - Gonococcal Antimicrobial Surveillance Programme (Euro-GASP)
This facility is an INAB accredited Medical Testing Laboratory, Registration Number 327MT, in compliance with the international standard ISO/IEC 15189:2012 edition "Medical laboratories-particular requirements for quality & competence".