The South West Thames Regional Genetic Services at St George's Healthcare provides a specialist service to people living in southwest London, Surrey and West Sussex. The service offers genetic advice, diagnosis and counselling to families and individuals who have or might be at risk of developing inherited disorders, including cancers. This includes giving advice regarding the availability of carrier screening and pre-natal screening techniques.
The service comprises the Clinical Genetics Outpatient Service, Molecular and Cytogenetic Laboratory services and an academic research unit. Cancer genetics services have been developed in conjunction with the Royal Marsden Hospital and Clinicians work closely with academic staff at the Institute of Cancer Genetics based in Sutton.
The Clinical Genetics Department has eight genetic consultants, seven genetic counsellors and a team of junior doctors training to specialise in Genetics. Clinics are held at St George's Hospital and at 15 other hospitals within the region. The Department aims to provide care for patients at the site most convenient for them and 60 per cent of patients are seen at a clinic local to their home. The clinics are for people with a known or suspected inherited disorder, affecting themselves or family members.
The Department is a recognised training centre for genetic counselling and scientists and provides advice to, and training courses for, GPs and other health professionals about inherited disorders.
The Clinical Genetics Department is located within St George's, University of London.
Weekly clinics are held at St George's Hospital. For details of monthly clinics at other hospitals please visit: www.southwestthamesgenetics.nhs.uk.
Appointments and information: 020 8725 5297
By GP or other health professional, or by self-referral.
For more information, please see the South West Thames Genetics website.