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Oxford Regional Genetics Laboratories

The Oxford Regional Genetics Laboratories comprise two closely integrated laboratories, the Molecular Genetics Laboratory and the Cytogenetics Laboratory.

Molecular geneticists investigate specific diseases at the gene level by analysing the DNA. Cytogeneticists use a full spectrum of cytogenetic and molecular cytogenetic investigations to screen for constitutional and acquired chromosome abnormalities.

Currently the laboratories offer a regional service and test patients from Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and parts of Northamptonshire and Wiltshire. Both laboratories work in close collaboration with clinicians from a range of specialties including clinical genetics, paediatrics, obstetrics, haematology and neurology.

The Molecular Genetics Laboratory also provides a national and international service for a number of specialist disease areas.

The service is UKAS accredited to ISO15189:2012. Please click below to view the complete schedule of accredited service offered by this laboratory.
Oxford Regional Genetics Laboratories Schedule of Accreditation

The Oxford Regional Genetics Laboratories have recently undertaken a survey of its users of the Array CGH Service. The summary of the results and actions can be found here:
Array CGH survey summary

A fully completed referral card should accompany each sample.
When requesting test activations, including using existing samples stored in the laboratory, all requests must be submitted in writing. This can be using our referral form, proforma, email (to or letter. Any request made verbally should be confirmed in writing as above.

Please note:
From October 2018 the National Genomic Test Directory will specify which genomic tests are commissioned by the NHS in England, the technology by which they are available together with basic eligibility criteria. The final draft 2018/2019 National Genomic Test Directory for rare and inherited disorders and cancer can be accessed at

The Oxford Regional Genetics Laboratories at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will continue to receive samples, perform genomic tests and dispatch DNA samples for specialist testing to the appropriate laboratory. We will issue further information about the future genomic testing arrangements as it becomes available. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding testing in the Oxford Genetics Laboratories.


Find us and contact us

Both laboratories are located at the Churchill Hospital.

Normal operational hours are:

  • Genetics Laboratory
    9.00am - 5.00pm, Monday to Friday


  • Oxford Regional Genetics Laboratories
    Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
    The Churchill Hospital
    Oxford, OX3 7LE

Key contact numbers

Emergency out of hours contact can be made via the hospital switchboard: 0300 304 7777.

Last updated: 04-Apr-2019 by Claire Scott.