The Public Health Laboratory, located in the grounds of Cherry Orchard Hospital is administered by HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster. Its aim is to support the diagnosis, prevention and control of infectious communicable diseases and food borne illnesses. The Laboratory provides a range of microbiological services:
1. A National Verocytotoxin E. coli diagnostic clinical service accessed by Consultant Microbiologist and Laboratory Directors;
2. A Regional Public Health Microbiology service accessed by the Environmental Health Service and Public Health Doctors;
3. A local routine clinical microbiology diagnostic service for hospital inpatients and utilised by General Practitioners in the surrounding region.
The Public Health Laboratory is accredited to two International standards, ISO 17025:2005 for food, water and environmental testing and ISO 15189:2012(E) for enteric samples.
Under the ISO 17025:2005 scope of accreditation, the Public Health Laboratory is an EU Official designated Food testing Laboratory (S.I. 85 of 1998 and S.I. 117 of 2010) and under the ISO 15189:2012(E) scope of accreditation, the laboratory provides a clinical diagnostic service and a National VTEC Reference service.
The Public Health Laboratory has developed robust operational protocols implemented by a highly-skilled technical and medical staff experienced in surveillance and the investigation of outbreaks of communicable disease. Close working liaisons are established with the Environmental Health Service, Public Health Medical Service, Food Safety Authority of Ireland, Safe Food, and Health Protection Surveillance Centre, all of which are major stake holders in the public health of this region.
The Public Health laboratory as part of the HSE adheres to the principles of data protection which are set out in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Acts 1988-2018
Public Health Laboratory, Health Service Executive, Cherry Orchard Hospital, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10
Telephone: 076 6955175 /6
Content last reviewed: Dec 2019.