Public Health Wales

Public Health Wales NHS Trust (PHW) is the national public health authority for Wales. PHW works to protect and improve health and well-being and reduce health inequalities for the people of Wales. PHW is leading the national response to COVID-19 in Wales. PHW operates diagnostic laboratories across Wales and has been providing SARS-COV-2 testing in Wales. In addition, PHW epidemiology teams have been providing support across Wales to track cases and support management of the outbreak. Sequencing of Welsh samples is being undertaken by the Pathogen Genomics Unit (PenGU). PenGU was formally launched in 2018, and provides an accredited sequencing environment for a range of clinical pathogen genomics services for the whole of Wales.

The Pathogen Genomics team in Public Health Wales contribute to COG-UK by sequencing and analysing Welsh SARS-COV-2 cases. Data is fed back in real time to clinical colleagues across the NHS in Wales as well a contributing to outbreak management and planning within the Welsh NHS and Welsh Government. In addition to sequencing samples, the team  provide bioinformatics support to build production-ready pipelines for processing samples, supporting the development of systems on CLIMB for consortium use and lead efforts to enable metadata sharing across the UK.