The Laboratory Genetics department (formally the Molecular Diagnostics and Cytogenetics Laboratories), forms part of the West of Scotland Genetic Services and provides a comprehensive diagnostic genetic service for the patients of the West of Scotland (population >2.7 million) and specialised testing for particular disorders to the whole of Scotland, the UK and overseas. The West of Scotland Genetic Service also includes the Biochemical Genetics Laboratory and the Clinical Genetics Service, which are co-located.
The laboratory is situated on Level 2 of the Laboratory Medicine Building at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow and encompasses cytogenetics and molecular diagnostic testing for the specialist diagnosis and/ or monitoring of patients with constitutional (prenatal and postnatal) and acquired (malignancy) genetic abnormalities in hereditary genetic disease, solid tumours as well as adult and childhood leukaemia.
The laboratory is a member of the Scottish Genetics Laboratories Consortium and the Scottish Molecular Pathology Consortium, with laboratories also located in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. The laboratories in each of these four centres are funded by National Services Division of NHS Scotland and are commissioned to work together to provide a comprehensive genetics service to the patients of Scotland. In addition, the laboratory is a member of the UK Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN) ensuring our patients have access to specialist genetic tests from other UK accredited laboratories, when appropriate.
The Laboratory Genetics department is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to ISO 15189:2012 standards. The scope of services included in this accreditation can be viewed here.
As of Friday 20th March, and for the foreseeable future, Laboratory Genetics will no longer have the capacity to carry out testing for routine germline referrals (to include diagnostic samples and familial testing of known genetic abnormalities). Send away of non-urgent tests to referral labs will also be suspended.
Germline referrals for the following analyses are deemed as priority analyses and we will endeavour to process and test, however there may be some impact on reporting turnaround times:
If there are patients that you consider may need urgent genetic testing please call 0141 354 9284 (cytogenetics) or 0141 354 9310 (molecular) or email Genetic.Laboratories@ggc.scot.nhs.uk and we will consider your request.
For further information on Germline services please click here.
Somatic referrals in relation to testing tumour or blood/bone marrow samples from patients with cancer are considered priority analyses and we will endeavour to continue to provide our full repertoire of testing for these, however there may be some impact on reporting turnaround times.
For further information on Somatic services, please click here.
For general enquiries please contact Duty Scientist at :- Genetic.Laboratories@ggc.scot.nhs.uk
or telephone 0141 354 9300 (internal 59300)
Members of the senior management team can be contacted here
West of Scotland Genetic Services (Laboratories)
Level 2B Laboratory Medicine & FM Building
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
Glasgow, G51 4TF
Full details of the service provided by the Lab can be found in the Laboratory Users Manual
Full schedule of accredited tests can be found on the UKAS search of accredited organisations
In Laboratory Genetics, we use secure cloud-based analysis tools to help us analyse and interpret DNA sequencing results. Please click here for our Privacy Notice regarding this.
Each request accepted by the laboratory for testing is considered an agreement between the user and laboratory. Please see the Terms and Conditions of Service
Either a completed request form or a detailed letter must be sent with each patient sample. Forms can also be requested by telephoning the department on 0141 354 9330 or downloaded below.
As a minimum, two pieces of patient identifying information must be provided on both the form and the sample container, e.g. name and CHI number.
SPECIMENS MAY BE REJECTED if the form and the sample container do not have the same 2 patient identifiers.
Please note that high value referrals (>£1000) which are referred on to non Scottish Genetics Laboratories are subject to an external approval process through the Scottish Genetics Laboratory Consortium. External users requesting such tests are required to provide additional information by completing the SGLC Test Request form (please see below).
The Laboratory Genetics department is currently experiencing pressures in terms of reporting times for some of its service. We continue to work closely with all users to prioritise urgent referrals where appropriate. If users of the service have any concerns regarding reporting times for patients referred to the laboratory for testing, please contact Nicola Williams, Head of Service, to discuss further (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Haemato-oncology send away tests - all referrals for specialist testing must be sent via Laboratory Genetics for processing and forwarding to appropriate test centre
Forms can also be requested by contacting the laboratory.
Either a completed request form or a detailed letter must be sent with each patient sample, and each sample must be clearly labelled with at least 2 patient identifiers