SHLMPRL Tel: 0141 201 8659
The Scottish Haemophilus, Legionella, Meningococcus and Pneumococcus Reference Laboratory (SHLMPRL) was formed in 2009 from a merger of two reference laboratories with a long history of providing a reference service to the NHS in Scotland - the Scottish Meningococcus and Pneumococcus Reference Laboratory (SMPRL) and the Scottish Legionella Reference Laboratory (SLRL).
Since November 2013 the SHLMPRL has been located within the New Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, but it is centrally funded by Health Protection Scotland (HPS).
The laboratory provides a national reference service for the detection and characterization of human Haemophilus, Legionella, Meningococcus and Pneumococcus infections and the identification and typing of associated environmental isolates. The SHLMPRL accepts samples from laboratories throughout Scotland. The services offered include serology, urinary antigen testing, M.I.Cs, culture and genomic detection from clinical material and epidemiological typing of submitted isolates. SHLMPRL provides advice on infection control issues, teaching and training of medical and technical staff and has an ongoing research and development program. The laboratory also collaborates with Health Protection Scotland (HPS) to provide data on the epidemiology of the aforementioned organisms in Scotland.