West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory

About the laboratory

The West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory (WMRGL) is the largest genomics facility in the UK and lead provider for one of the seven Genomic Laboratory Hubs (GLH) in England, the Central and South Genomic Laboratory Hub (C&S GLH). 

The C&S GLH is hosted by Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (BWC) and serves 11 million people across a large geography.  Working in partnership with four major acute Trusts and their Local Genomic Laboratories (LGLs) the GLH covers the West Midlands, Oxford and Wessex areas. The C&S GLH is commissioned by NHS England for the provision of all genomic testing for the geography.  The GLH is also part of the Central and South Genomic Medicine Alliance (C&S GMSA) working in close collaboration with  broad range of medical specialities including Clinical Genetics, Nursing and Midwifery, Pharmacy as well as associated universities, charities, patient groups and industry to continue to develop and innovate the appliance of genomics for patients.

The C & S GLH aims to provide equitable access to genomic testing for patients within our geography and beyond.

WMRGL is a UKAS ISO 15189:2012 accredited laboratory.

The laboratory is aligned with patient pathways with two overarching clinical programs:

  • Rare Disease and Reproductive Genomics
  • Cancer Genomics

The National Genomics Directory for Rare Disease and Cancer can be found here

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Referral Forms and Sample Requirements

Laboratory Opening Times

Monday to Friday: 07:00 - 18:00

Saturday: 09:00 - 14:00

Samples received outside these hours may be temporarily stored at ambient temperature. 

Usual office hours for telephone enquiries are 09:00 – 17:00, Monday – Friday. An answer phone operates outside these times.               

Contact us

West Midlands Regional Genetics Laboratory
Birmingham Women’s Hospital
Mindelsohn Way
Birmingham
B15 2TG

For general enquiries: BWC.genetics.lab@nhs.net

Telephone: 0121 335 8036