Do you work in:
- Clinical Genetics / Genetic Counselling
- Paediatric endocrinology
- Metabolic medicine
- Renal medicine
- Paediatric oncology
Do you work in an NHS Trust in our region?
If so, you need to know that whole genome sequencing (WGS) in the NHS will soon be available for some rare disease indications, acute leukaemia, paediatric cancer and sarcoma.
Since last autumn when the NHS announced that it would be the first health system in the world to offer WGS to patients Genomic Laboratory Hubs have been established and are currently transitioning genetic services to full implementation of the National Genomic Test Directory, which includes WGS.
Patient samples from the East Midlands and East of England will be analysed within the East Midlands and East of England (EMEE) NHS Genomic Laboratory Hub and on 01 August 2019 Dr Sarah Bowdin (below), consultant clinical geneticist, became the clinical director of this service. She says
“Transitioning to the genomic medicine service is a huge project that requires significant changes to be made to how genetic testing is provided across the region. This means that we are engaging with new Trusts that are within our geography and setting up new systems in order to be able to deliver genetic tests to our population of 9.8 million people. There have been and continue to be challenges to setting up this genomic laboratory hub to deliver a genomic medicine service but this new way of working for clinicians and the laboratory will mean that our patients have access to genomic testing in a more consistent and equitable way.“
If you have any questions about the genomic testing available in this region, please contact the EMEE NHS Genomic Laboratory Hub: firstname.lastname@example.org.