Viral Whole Genome Sequencing – Service Summary

Viral Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) is performed at the Institute of Child Health Pathogen Genomics Unit (PGU). The Microbiology department at GOSH can facilitate nucleic acid extraction and reporting of results.


This is not a UKAS accredited service.


Viral WGS service is available for the following viruses:


Varicella Zoster Virus (please note this replaces previous PCR-based VZV services offered at GOSH):

  • Genotypic antiviral resistance testing
  • Molecular typing of post-vaccine rashes for differentiation between vaccine and wild type virus in rashes occurring <42 days post vaccination.



  • Genotypic antiviral resistance testing



  • Genotypic antiviral resistance testing


Test Description

Specimen required

NHS Price

Turnaround Time

Request Form

Viral Whole Genome Sequencing

Original specimen or purified DNA 


2-4 weeks

Click here for request form


Please send samples accompanied by request form to:

Virology Laboratory

Level 4, Camelia Botnar Laboratories
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
Great Ormond Street
London WC1N 3JH

Hays Dx: GOSH DX 6640203, Bloomsbury 91 WC

General and Technical Enquiries:  

Dr Julianne Brown

Tel: 020 7405 9200 Ext 5929


Clinical Enquiries:

Professor Judy Breuer

Tel: 020 7405 9200 Ext 42129 / 020 3108 2130


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