If you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) – a high temperature, a new continuous cough, or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) – the advice is to stay at home for seven days. All members of this household should remain at home for 14 days.

If you think you have symptoms, please do not attend your hospital appointment until you are advised it is safe to do so. Please contact us to rearrange your appointment, or to re-organise treatment and tests.


Cytogenetics logo 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.

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.

The department may also be able to advise on the availability of tests at other centres. Fixed material or cultured cells can then be sent on to other centres.

The department is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No. 8031 and is also an accredited 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. Please refer to the National Test Directory for genomic tests funded by the NHS. 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 known to have a high risk infection 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 disclosure policy and GDPR.

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