About the Regional Virus Laboratory

The Regional Virus Laboratory (RVL) is located in the Kelvin Building, on the BHSCT / Royal Hospitals site, and is the only UKAS-accredited provider of clinical virology testing services for hospitals, GPs and public health professionals in Northern Ireland.

The RVL offers a broad range of conventional serology, antigen detection and molecular tests for diagnosis of viral, bacterial and other infections.

Varicella zoster immunoglobulin (VZIG) information for GPs

Click here to download the VZIG algorithm.

Recent audit of anti-streptolysin-O test (ASOT) requests

We would like to highlight a recent audit of inappropriate ASOT requests (i.e. for patients with acute pharyngitis or possible scarlet fever) to RVL service users. The audit report is available here.