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*UPDATED* Vaccine info, general info and guidance for public, NHSGGC staff, and community-based services.  Hospital visiting restrictions in place.

West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre

Accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS)

Issue date: 05/05/17 - UKAS Medical 9319 (Accredited to ISO 15189:2012)

Please note users will be informed if an assay/result lies outside the laboratory's scope of accreditation.


Virology testing ( including Covid-19) 

  • VPSS containers are changing, the containers are slightly larger than previous tubes, with a red lid and clearly labelled as VPSS.
  • These new  VPSS containers  will continue to be available for collection via your usual hub.
  • The smaller VPPS tubes can still be used.
  • Please also take note that VPSS samples can be inoculated with any dry swab.
  • The swab should be discarded and NOT left in the VPSS container, as this causes delays in processing.

Attention: 2019 NCoV (Novel Coronavirus) Update.

For latest national guidelines regards SARS-CoV-2 (formally 2019-nCoV, 2019-novel coronavirus) the virus responsible for Covid19, please select the following link to on this website scroll down to Guidance for use in Scotland, in this section you will find up-to-date guidance.  Please continue to monitor the HPS website regularly as information will be updated frequently.

 Please note for non-GGC users the SARS-CoV-2 request form can be accessed here.  GGC users can find the request for 2019-nCoV on trakcare.

Users should be aware that we test both for covid19 (SARS-CoV2) and also seasonal coronavirus (OC43, NL63, 229E). 

Please be aware that if you have requested the extended respiratory screen, there will be a result for seasonal coronavirus. 

Some patients can be positive for seasonal coronavirus this does NOT mean they are positive for covid19

Due to IT issues we are not able to amend how the results are presented, the results will appear as follows:


Clinical Portal:

Go to Labs then Virology and click on the 2019NCoV for the covid19 result

The covid19 result will NOT be present in any other respiratory virology results (Respiratory Virus or Extended Resp. Virus). 

Seasonal coronavirus will be reported as coronavirus in the Extended Resp. Virus



To obtain the covid19 result look for the result in Covid-19 (SARS-CoV-2)

Covid19 result will NOT be present in any of the other respiratory virology results (Respiratory PCR + Mycoplasma pneumoniae or ITU/Immunocompromised pulmonary virus PCR)

Seasonal coronavirus will be reported as coronavirus in ITU/Immunocompromised pulmonary virus PCR

  • Email enquires: [email protected]
  • Telephone
    • Internal: 38722 / External: 0141 201 8722
    • Out of hours clinical advice via switchboard (24 hours): Internal: 1000 / External: 0141 211 4000
  • Address: West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre, Level 5, New Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 10-16 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 2ER, Scotland.
  • Delivery Address (08:45 - 17:00): West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre,  Main Specimen Reception (Level 4),  New Lister Building,
    Glasgow Royal Infirmary, 10-16 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 2ER, 
  • If using DX our number is 6491304 (Glasgow 94G exchange)

5th Floor of the New Lister Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary VPSS tube             Entrance to the WoSSVC

The West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre (WoSSVC) is located in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and is part of the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board.

We provide a full range of virology tests to our users and our development team are continuously updating and introducing new assays. 

For our current test repertoire please see the WoSSVC User Manual.

In addition to our routine repertoire we are part of The Scottish National Blood Borne Virus Specialist Testing Service which provides specialist testing for blood borne viruses for Scotland. We are also responsible for testing respiratory specimens for national surveillance purposes.

Our website is specifically aimed at providing our users with the information they need to use our service most effectively. Our staff are always happy to discuss any problems you may have regarding individual patients or to discuss the quality of the service we provide.

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Last Updated: 29 January 2021