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The department provides a comprehensive diagnostic service to patients from Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and South Derbyshire Health Communities (catchment population approximately 2.2 million). Some referrals are received from North Leicestershire, North Derbyshire and other locations. 

Click here for the Genetics Laboratory Referral Card.

Click here for the GLH Rare and Inherited Disease Referral Form.

The diagnostic service detects both constitutional and acquired chromosome aberrations. The service will provide an interpretation of the clinical significance of their findings including an assessment of the implications for other family members. The service will also offer advice to professionals from other clinical disciplines as to the availability and appropriateness of cytogenetic testing. Please refer to the National Test Directory for genomic tests funded by the NHS.

The department may also be able to advise on the availability of tests not provided locally, which may be provided at other centres. Fixed material or cultured cells can then be sent on to other centres, at the referring clinicians request.

The department is a UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited medical laboratory No. 8031 accredited to ISO15189:2012 for the services detailed in the Schedule of accreditation available on the UKAS website by searching for our number ( The department is also part of the UK Genetic Testing Network. The department participates in relevant external quality assessment schemes.

Please contact the department for advice on the appropriateness and availability of tests, clinical indications, and relevant sample requirements. The laboratory can also be contacted for advice on the results and interpretation of individual cases, as well as test limitations and acceptance criteria. We also welcome your feedback including any compliments and complaints.

For patients with a known infection risk please refer to the high risk samples section.

This department is committed to protecting personal information in accordance with the Notttingham University Hospitals NHS Trust Data Protection, Confidentiality and Disclosure Policy and GDPR.

Page last updated 21/04/2023. Please note that if printed, information is only valid on the day of printing.