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Biochemical Genetics

A CPA Accredited Medical Laboratory, Reference 2156

The department is situated on the 2nd Floor of the Laboratory Medicine Building of the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow.The Biochemical Genetics Department houses the West of Scotland Prenatal Screening Service for  Down's syndrome and the Scottish National Newborn Screening Service
Sending a sample for Analysis

Stocks of request forms are available by contacting the relevant section in the department.
An appropriate request form must accompany each sample and it is essential that it is filled out legibly and completely before samples can be processed. The request form must have following essential information:-
     ·  Patient name
     ·   Date of Birth
     ·   Hospital of origin
     ·   Hospital number
     ·   Referring Clinician/Operator/Ward
     ·   Specimen type
     ·   Date taken
     ·   Indication for referral/Brief clinical details
     ·   Patient address
Where available please include the patients Community Health Index (CHI) number.
The specimen container must be labelled with at least 2 patient identifiers (name, date of birth, hospital number).
Inadequate labelling of the sample (including discrepancy between sample and request form, or un-named sample or request form) may result in the samples not being processed.
Please provide all relevant clinical details, family history and results of any relevant previous genetic testing carried out with laboratory reference numbers where possible.
Samples arriving in an unsuitable condition will not be processed and a repeat specimen will be requested. Such circumstances include:
     ·   Samples sent in the wrong container 
     ·   Samples arriving in a non viable condition (lysed, frozen etc)
     ·   Broken sample tubes
It is the responsibility of those taking and dispatching specimens to this department to ensure that these samples are sent in accordance with any National guidelines or local policies for the packaging, labelling and transport of biological material
The links below will give the required information on the appropriate procedures .
Transport  and Disposal of Specimens Containers Policy

The department is happy to advise referring clinicians on appropriate methods for sending samples to the laboratory. Advice is available from the User Handbook located on the service pages or  by contacting the appropriate laboratory section as detailed in the Staff Contacts link from the Main Menu .

High Risk Samples
Any specimens that fall into this category must be correctly identified, and must be notified to the laboratory in advance. 


The Biochemical Genetics Department is committed to providing the best possible information to our users. If you have any comments  on the content or presentation of these pages, we would like to hear them. Please contact Gordon Graham  at [email protected]