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Scottish Salmonella, Shigella & C. difficile Reference Laboratory

SSSCDRL Tel:  0141 201 8663

Email: [email protected].

Please note the generic email address should not be used for urgent, clinical, or non-routine enquiries – please phone relevant laboratory section. If using this generic email address please remember to add the laboratory section you require into the subject field.

SMiRL Combined User Manual

SSSCDRL Salmonella and Shigella Request Form

SSSCDRL C. difficile Request Form


Welcome to the web pages of the Scottish Salmonella, Shigella and Clostridium difficile Reference Laboratory (SSSCDRL), formerly the Scottish Salmonella Reference Laboratory.

Since 04/11/2013 the SSSCDRL has been located within the New Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary and it is the National Reference Centre for characterisation of Salmonella, Shigella & C.difficile. The laboratory provides a full complement of techniques, including serotyping, ‘phage typing and a range of biochemical and molecular methods, for identification and typing of these pathogenic enteric bacteria. In addition, the laboratory is a source of information and advice for the Health Service and other agencies in Scotland. It is supported by Health Protection Scotland.

The Laboratory actively participates in training, development and relevant externally-funded research. There is close collaboration with a number of agencies including Health Protection Scotland, the Laboratory of Gastrointestinal Pathogens (LGP), London and other international reference centres. The laboratory is a participant in the EC-funded programme organised by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for surveillance of gastrointestinal infections.

Last Updated: 03 February 2021