The East Anglian Medical Genetics Service has developed a new pathway for adults seeking carrier testing for Cystic fibrosis (CF). Carrier testing for CF is available to anyone with a family history of CF. It is also available to the partner of a person who is a carrier (or has a family history of CF) due to the reproductive implications. The new CF carrier testing pathway aims to streamline the process for patients and health professionals, including primary care.
In the new pathway, adults requesting CF carrier testing in East Anglia do not need to be referred to the Clinical Genetics Service for an outpatient appointment in tertiary care. Adult CF carrier testing can now be initiated locally in primary care at the time when the patient requests testing, by sending a blood sample directly to the Regional Genetics Laboratory.
For further information on the pathway, including a flowchart for GPs, patient information and the blood sampling form, please click here.
For couples who are both CF carriers, a referral can be made to the Clinical Genetics Service to discuss reproductive risks and options.
A referral to the Clinical Genetics Service should also be made if a couple are pregnant, so that the test process can be expedited.
Any queries can be directed to Bev Speight, Genetic Counsellor, or to another member of the on-call Clinical Genetics team by calling 01223 216446.
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