Molecular Genetics

This department provides a diagnostic service for a number of inherited diseases to clinicians in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, and Southern Derbyshire. In addition, it provides carrier and pre-symptomatic testing, as well as prenatal diagnosis for the Clinical Genetics Service at Nottingham City Hospital and Leicester Royal Infirmary. Individuals interested in carrier or predictive testing are usually first referred to Clinical Genetics for counselling (except for haemochromatosis).

The department can also advise on the appropriateness and availability of tests not provided locally, which may be provided at other centres. DNA can then be extracted from samples and sent on to the appropriate centre. Please refer to the National Test Directory for genomic tests funded by the NHS.

DNA can also be extracted and stored for future possible testing, if requested.

The department is accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) to UKAS accreditation reference 8044 ISO15189:2012. Further details of accredited services can also be found on the UKAS website ( The department has also provided rare disease testing for the UK Genetic Testing Network as well as for centres worldwide.

For further information, 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.

Click here for a printable user information leaflet (only valid on day of printing): User guide version 17.pdf

This department is committed to protecting personal information in accordance with the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust information governance policy.  For further information see If you have any concerns about how we use your personal information please contact our Data Protection Officer, email or contact us on: 0115 924 9924 Ext: 63975.

Page last updated 02/10/2019. Please note that if printed, this information is only valid on the day of printing.