Who gets referred?

Clinical Genetics is a service for individuals and families who are concerned about a suspected or confirmed diagnosis of a genetic condition. There are a variety of reasons why people might ask to be referred to the genetics service, or why their doctor suggests a referral. These include:

  • A person with a known genetic condition (either themselves or in their family) who wants to know the risks to themselves, their children and any future children,
  • A person with a family history of cancer who wishes to know the risks to themselves and wants to find out about their options.
  • A child with problems such as learning difficulties or congenital abnormalities (e.g. heart defects) that may have a genetic basis. If a child has a lot of problems, a geneticist may be asked if there is one genetic diagnosis that may explain all these.
  • A person with an abnormal result from a genetic test (e.g. chromosome analysis) that was organised by a hospital specialist, obstetrician or GP and which needs further explanation by an expert.
  • A couple in which problems are identified during a pregnancy, either because of screening tests or a family history.

The Nottingham Clinical Genetics Service covers the majority of the Trent region (a population of around 2.2 million) and clinics are currently held in several of the district hospitals in Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Derbyshire as well as in Nottingham.

You will need to be referred to the Clinical Genetics Service by your family doctor (GP), hospital specialist or any other relevant health professional such as your midwife or health visitor.

If you have problems getting referred to the service but think it would be appropriate you can phone us on 0115 962 7728 to discuss your specific situation. Sometimes your GP may refer you to the service using the 'Choose and Book' system. Your GP will give you a unique booking reference number (UBRN) and the telephone number for the Clinical Genetics Service. You will need to ring in with this reference in order to take your referral forward.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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