Molecular Virology Diagnostic Testing

 MVDRL User Manual

Molecular Diagnostic Services Available

  •  Hepatitis B Virus (HBV)
    • Viral load quantification and genotype
  • Hepatitis C Virus (HCV)
    •  Viral load quantification and genotype
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
    •  Viral load quantification

Unfortunately, requests made from GPs will not be accpeted. GP service requests must be made through correct channels, i.e. through referral with a hospital consultant. 

All molecular diagnostic assays carry the CE IVD Mark.


Specimen checklist

Submit one copy of the virus specific test request and report form [TRRF] with each specimen:                                        


  •  Amount of blood required per test (adult)                                                                                 
    • HBV 6mL plasma or serum
    • HCV 6mL serum
    • HIV 6mL plasma
  • Amount of blood required per test (paediatric)
    • 2mL


The time of venepuncture must be noted on blood tube as blood specimens must reach laboratory within 6 hours.                                     


Please Note: All specimens originating outside Cork University Hospital must be accompanied by a completed and signed Specimen Transfer Form.  This includes specimens coming from CPC, CUH.

 Specimen Transfer Form


Turnaround Times

Median turnaround times from receipt of specimen to reporting of results:

HBV   8 days

HCV   6 days

HIV    5 days

 Most Common Non Conformances 

  • No date on form
  • Request form missing labels
  • Incomplete/incorrect form
  • Insufficient sample for HIV resistance testing
    • Required - 3 x 6.0mL tubes


Hours of service

Monday to Thursday      09.00-17.00   Deadline for sample reception: 16.30

Friday                             0.9.00-16.00  Deadline for sample reception: 15.30

Saturday & Sunday        Closed

Bank & Public Holidays   Closed (including Christmas Public Sector Holiday period)


Consent Forms

Patient consent is required if a copy of the report is not going to the source of the original request.  Consent to issue a copy of the report to anyone other than the requesting clinician (or designee of their choosing) needs to be provided in writing by the patient. 

Please submit the following consent form for test information request: MVDRL Consent Form


Laboratory contact details: 021-4922552/4

Director: Dr. Liam Fanning

Department of Medicine

Roinn na Sláinte

Clinical Sciences Building, Cork University Hospital , T12 EC8P