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Genetic and molecular pathology laboratories

Published on 20 August 2020

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.

For more information, visit the SGLC website.

Lead clinicians

Prof Zosia Miedzybrodzka, Clinical Genetics

Dr David Baty, Clinical Scientist

Dr Anca Oniscu, Molecular Pathologist

NSD contact

Commissioning Programme Manager, Karina O'Rourke – karina.orourke@nhs.scot – 0131 2756946