Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS)

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS)

Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) is a relatively new technology that looks at an individual’s genetic information. It is a detailed test that can be used to look for the genetic cause of someone’s health problems.

Information for patients and families

If you or a family member have been offered a WGS test you may find the following information useful:

WGS patient information  WGS-Patient-Information-for-Rare-Disease.pdf [pdf] 497KB

WGS patient information (easy read version) WGS Patient information leaflet easy read.pdf [pdf] 2MB

WGS and research patient information Patient_Information_Research_V1.4.pdf [pdf] 207KB


Learn more about genome sequencing in these videos produced by Great Ormond Street Hospital




Information for clinicians

Consent, order forms and test information for rare disease and cancer WGS can be found at the East Genomic Laboratory Hub (East GLH) website:


If you require further information or have a specific query, please contact us.

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