Genetics service

Diagnosing and assessing the risk of inheriting a genetic condition

Chromosomes

Our service

Our clinical genetics service serves over five million people. Our team works together to offer accurate information and support.

Regional genetics clinics offer services to diagnose and assess the risk of you or your family inheriting a genetic condition. It is not always possible to make a specific diagnosis for a family or child, however, a genetic assessment will help you to understand the possible diagnoses and treatment options.

Genetic counselling

Because diagnosis and testing will often have an impact on the wider family, the genetic counselling process includes an explanation and risk assessment with any available options for family members.

It may take time to adjust to new diagnoses and to decide on the best possible course of action. Our team will provide up-to-date and unbiased information. We suggest asking for an update when the affected person and family members reach reproductive age, and before a new pregnancy. Testing, risk-reducing treatment and research options change over time.

Commitment to research

The genetics clinic is part of the Division of Medical and Molecular Genetics at King’s College London.  Our team are committed to genetic research and academic excellence.

100,000 Genomes project

The South London Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC), hosted by Guy’s and St Thomas’, is one of the centres taking part in the 100,000 Genomes Project.

The national programme will focus on cancer and rare diseases and will enable pioneering research to decode 100,000 human genomes, a scale not seen anywhere else in the world.

Find out how Guy's and St Thomas' are involved in the 100,000 Genomes Project.

Clinical genetics news

A collaboration between King’s Health Partners and PHG Foundation has been undertaking a health economic analysis into the cost effectiveness of using exome sequencing as a routine clinical test. The results from the pilot project, which was funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, are now published in the free report Whole-exome sequencing in clinical genetics: A health economic evaluation.

This is an evidence-based economic evaluation to assess the costs of routine clinical use of exome sequencing in clinical genetics.  The results show that if used as a near first line and sequencing costs could be reduced further, the test would represent cost-effective use of NHS resources  given the much higher detection rate.

  • Genetic Counsellor Taster Morning at Guys Clinical Genetics Service on the 11th August 2017.  If you are interested in becoming a Genetic Counsellor and would like to find out more about the role please contact Eshika.haque@gstt.nhs.uk to see if there is a space left.

Contacts

Genetics clinic
7th floor, Borough Wing
Guy's Hospital
Great Maze Pond
London SE1 9RT

Tel: 020 7188 1364
Email: gst-tr.geneticsreferrals
@nhs.net

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