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Genetic and molecular pathology laboratories

Published on 28 April 2022

Genetic testing services are delivered through four regional centres based in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow. These genetics laboratories collaborate through the Scottish Genetics Laboratory Consortium (SGLC) to deliver an equitable, high-quality genetic testing service for Scotland.

SGLC laboratories provide both genetics and molecular pathology testing services.

What genetic and molecular pathology tests are on offer?

The SGLC delivers a diverse and evolving range of tests, as the number of conditions which can be tested for is increasing. A number of 'core tests' take place in all four of the centres. These include testing for solid tumour cancers, for example those that relate to the colorectal cancer (CRC) pathway that incorporate Lynch syndrome. Other specialist tests might be performed in one or two laboratories for the whole Scottish population.

The SGLC structure means that clinicians, scientists and commissioners have a national forum. Within this, they can consistently identify, evaluate and implement the most clinically viable and cost-effective approaches to genetic testing.

Lead clinicians

  • Prof Zosia Miedzybrodzka, Clinical Genetics
  • Dr David Baty, Clinical Scientist
  • Dr Anca Oniscu, Molecular Pathologist

Major Review 2021

A major review of the centrally commissioned, four regional Scottish Genetics Laboratory Consortium (SGLC) which provides testing for rare disease and cancer for Scottish patients was conducted by NSD as the national commissioners of the service in 2021.

It is part of NSDs commitment to review all services on a rolling five yearly programme to ensure that each service meets needs, provides equitable access, is clinically and cost effective and continues to require national designation.

Endorsed by the National Professional, Patient and Public Reference Group (NPPPRG) and National Specialist Services Committee (NSSC), the review was presented to the Scottish Genomics Leadership Group (SGLG), who are currently supporting the development of a future strategy for genomics for Scotland.

Implementation of the recommendations from the report will be supported by a Transformation Team which will be responsible for implementing the agreed recommendations and ensuring that the service is fit for the future. This work will be overseen by a new genomics decision making structure in Scotland which will soon be announced.

You can read the review report here. (appendices referred to in the report are available upon request)

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