SARS-CoV-2 sequencing service

The Public Health Microbiology team in PHS coordinates a whole-genome sequencing (WGS) service for COVID-19 viral genotyping in Scotland. The service provides WGS capacity within the NHS.

The service is provided by the:

  • Specialist Virology Centre at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
  • West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary

The service delivers rapid sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 samples and bioinformatic analysis of genome data. This supports the identification of variants and mutants of concern and the detection and investigation of COVID-19 outbreaks and incidents.

We have produced a video explaining what whole-genome sequencing is.

The service is supported by:

  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Scotland
  • NHS Lothian
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

It is funded by:

  • NHS National Services Scotland (NSS)
  • Scottish Government

The service was developed in partnership with the COVID-19 Genomics UK (COG-UK) consortium, and its academic partners at the University of Edinburgh and the Medical Research Council (MRC) University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research (CVR).


EmailĀ for more information and to submit requests forms.

Last updated: 13 June 2022