This page refers to retrospective recruitment.

Who do I recruit?

Please aim to recruit every COVID-19 patient who is invasively ventilated (intubated).

We focus on the youngest and sickest patients first. If you need to prioritise, please start with the youngest patients who are ventilated in your ICU.

If you have time and capacity, we also include a broader range of patients in critical care:

How far back should records be checked for eligible patients?

Please review your hospital records for Covid-19 patients admitted after 1 February 2020.

How are samples obtained for patients who have been discharged?

We have a secured the services of a third party research organisation who will sample the patient in the comfort of their own home. Please enter the consenting patient's details into RedCap and we will pass the information on to the research organisation, MSS. MSS will contact the patient directly to arrange an appointment.

How are samples linked to patient RedCap records?

Please send a sampling kit, including correctly labelled EDTA tube to the patients home address. The nurse from the research organisation (MSS) will take the sample into the EDTA tube you have sent with the correctly labelled GCC number and return to Edinburgh as normal.


The GenOMICC study is supported by Sepsis Research (FEAT), the Intensive Care Society, the Wellcome Trust, and the Medical Research Council.

Contact us: genomicc@roslin.ed.ac.uk