Blood Borne Virus Laboratory, Edinburgh


The Blood Borne Virus Specialist Testing Service (BBV STS) in Lothian is commissioned by National Services Scotland (NSS). It is located in the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, NHS Lothian.

BBV STS provides a range of confirmatory and specialist tests for BBVs, including HIV resistance testing and HCV genotyping. It also makes available epidemiological information to agencies and individuals as appropriate including HPS to enable monitoring and surveillance. It is split between two sites, the Specialist Virology Centre, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre, Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

This information is intended for use by healthcare professionals working in specialist BBV services in Scotland. It is not intended for use by patients or non specialists.

Contact details

Postal address:
Specialist Virology Centre
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent
EH16 4SA

DX 6231202, Edinburgh 96EH

Office phone number:
0131 22 6081

Service email address:

NHS Lothian Department of Laboratory Medicine website:

We do not accept or send faxes.

Individual staff contact details:

Kate Templeton
0131 242 6015
Lynne Renwick
Clinical Scientist
07970 622 927
Jordan Larsen
0131 242 6081






Opening hours

Working hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 to 17:00.
The laboratory is not open on weekends or NHS Lothian public holidays.