Varicella Zoster Virus Reference Lab


Varicella Zoster Virus Reference Lab - Service Summary

The Varicella Zoster Reference Laboratory (VZRL) is based at Great Ormond Street Hospital and is headed by Professor Judith Breuer (see below for contact details for samples and advice).

 

We provide the following serological and molecular diagnostic services:

 

  • VZV IgG detection for immune status
  • Molecular typing of post-vaccine rashes for differentiation between vaccine and wild type virus in rashes occurring <42 days post vaccination.
  • VZV molecular genotyping of virus from outbreaks and transmission events
  • VZV acyclovir genotypic resistance testing
  • VZV viral load monitoring/DNA detection by real-time PCR from difficult cases which fail to respond to treatment

 

Test Description

Specimen required

NHS Price

Turnaround Time
(Days)

Request Form

IgG (Vacczyme ELISA)

Serum

£58.23

28

A

VZV Quantitative PCR

EDTA Blood/CSF

£39.18

14

B

VZV Genotyping

Isolate/swabs/DNA

£67.18

28

B

VZV Vaccine/Wildtype differentiation

Isolate/EDTA blood/swabs/DNA

£39.18

14

B

VZV Genotypic Resistance

Isolate/swabs/DNA

£134.36

28

B

NB. Commercial prices available on request. Please contact Prof Judith Breuer.

Please send samples accompanied by correct request form to:

VZV Reference Lab
Virology Laboratory

Level 4, Camelia Botnar Laboratories
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
Great Ormond Street
London WC1N 3JH

Hays Dx: GOSH DX 6640203, Bloomsbury 91 WC

General Enquiries: 

Julianne Brown

Tel: 020 7405 9200 Ext 5929

Email: Julianne.Brown@nhs.net


Clinical Enquiries:

Professor Judy Breuer

Tel: 020 7405 9200 Ext 42129 / 020 3108 2130

Email: j.breuer@ucl.ac.uk

 

Serology Request  - Form A

Molecular Request - Form B

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