Public Health Wales Virology Network, Wales’ Specialist Virology Centre (WSVC)


Wales Specialist Virology Centre (WSVC)
Microbiology Cardiff
University Hospital of Wales
Heath park
CF14 4XN


029 2022 7744



Virology diagnostic services in Wales are provided as a Public Health Wales Virology Network. The network’s main reference laboratory is the Wales Specialist Virology Centre (WSVC) based in University Hospital Wales – Cardiff along with the Specialist Virology Unit (WSVU) based in Singleton Hospital – Swansea.

The Virology Diagnostic Network works in collaboration with the Molecular Diagnostic Unit (based in University Hospital Wales – Cardiff) to respond to emerging health needs (such as measles and MERS coronavirus) and to deliver virological surveillance and screening programmes across Wales. Both laboratories hold CPA accreditation as part of the Public Health Wales accredited laboratory network and participate in national IQC and EQA schemes with regular clinical governance meetings.

Under the guidance of WSVC the Public Health Wales Virology Network is committed to the reliable delivery and continuing development of a high quality, standardised All-Wales seromolecular service for the diagnosis and management of virological infection. It also supports the many other functions of Public Health Wales in the provision of an evidence-based, reactive service for infectious diseases in Wales.

WSVC has 30 staff members performing approximately 400,000 tests on 180,000 samples per annum, employing more than 100 different laboratory tests. The WSVC offers virology clinical advice and urgent testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, serving both local and national needs. WSVU – Swansea has 13 staff members performing approximately 285,000 tests on 150,000 samples per annum, employing more than 140 different laboratory tests. The WSVU offers virology clinical advice and urgent testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, serving local needs.


Opening times:

Monday – Friday 8.45 – 5.30pm
Saturday 9am -5pm
Out of hours on call advice 24/7 via UHW switchboard


Dr. Rachel Jones

Consultant Virologist National Lead

Dr. Nicola Price

Consultant Virologist

Dr. Laura Dexter

Consultant Virologist

Dr. Jaisi Sinha

Consultant Microbiologist / Virologist

Mr Jonathan Evans

Operations Manager

Dr Sally Corden

Head of Welsh Molecular Unit

Dr Catherine Moore

Clinical Scientist

Dr Neil Owen

Quality Lead Virology

Dr. Bassam Ben Ismaeil

Consultant Microbiologist / Virologist

Dr Mike Isaac

Clinical Scientist Head of Unit

Jenny Bayliss

Senior Biomedical Scientist