SARS-CoV-2 sequencing service


A whole-genome sequencing (WGS) service for COVID-19 viral genotyping in Scotland is provided by the Scottish Specialist Virology Centres. The service provides WGS capacity within the NHS.

The service is provided by the Specialist Virology Centre at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre, at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. It is coordinated by the Public Health Microbiology team at PHS.

The service provides rapid sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 samples and bioinformatic analysis of genome data to support the identification and investigation of COVID-19 outbreaks and incidents.

User manual

Read the SARS-CoV-2 sequencing user manual.

Request form

Download the SARS-CoV-2 sequencing request form. Once complete, email the form to


Email for the service and requests.

Support and funding

The service is supported by:

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

It is funded by National Services Scotland (NSS) and the Scottish Government.

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