Genomic testing in the NHS is provided through a national testing network which has consolidated and enhanced the existing laboratory capacity. The national genomic testing service is delivered through a network of 7 Genomic Laboratory Hubs (GLHs), each responsible for coordinating services for a particular part of the country. The GLH for our hospitals is North Thames Genomic Laboratory Hub led by Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHSFT. The National Genomic Test Directory is updated annually following a structured evidence based process and can be found here: NHS England » National Genomic Test Directory
Local guidance on availability and requesting of molecular genetic and cytogenetic tests
Patients MUST attend Basildon or Southend Hospital Phlebotomy Departments (before midday) to have blood taken (before sample transport to London).
Do NOT send samples directly to reference laboratories; there are health and safety regulations regarding transport of patient samples.
Requests other than routine tests (e.g. karyotyping, cystic fibrosis) MUST be discussed with Consultant Biochemist beforehand.
Local Guidance and Information
Cystic Fibrosis genetic testing – Test Directory entry