South West Thames Centre for Genomics
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The South West Thames Centre for Genomics is based at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides a specialist service to people living in South West London, Surrey, and West Sussex.
The Clinical Genetics service comprises a team of clinical staff, including consultant geneticists, genetic counsellors, and specialist registrars.
In addition, our St George’s Genomics Service is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory, No. 8127 and provides a comprehensive diagnostic analytical and reporting service for a range of genetic disorders.
The service offers specialist genetic advice, diagnosis, and counselling to families and individuals who have or might be at risk of developing inherited disorders, including cancer. This includes giving advice regarding the availability of carrier screening and prenatal testing techniques.
- The Department provides care for patients at the site most convenient for them; 60 per cent of patients are seen at a clinic local to their home. Clinic appointments are held at St George’s Hospital and at 17 other hospitals within the region.
- The department also provides a number of highly specialised, disease specific clinics, including two nationally recognised services: Tuberous Sclerosis clinic and the Primary Lymphoedema. Further regional specialist clinics include those for patients with endocrine and growth disorders, paediatric conditions, and neurodegenerative disease.
- The department is a lead training centre for specialist registrars, genetic counsellors, and clinical scientists. It also provides advice and training for GPs and other health professionals about inherited disorders.
- Map of SW Thames Clinical Genetics Referral Region
Department Of Clinical Genetics
St George’s University Of London
Fax: 020 8725 3444
* General enquires by email only. We cannot discuss results by Email.
Tel: 020 8725 3343
- Dr Frances Elmslie – Lead Clinician
- Dr Helen Hanson and Dr Katie Snape – Joint Cancer Genetics Leads
- Ms Kelly Kohut – Lead Genetic Counsellor
St George’s Genomics Service Staff
- John Short— Service Lead
- Charlene Crosby — Deputy Service Lead
- Kelly Price – Operational Lead/Quality Manager
- Suzanne Alsters – Research Lead
- Merrie Gowie—Lead Research Practioner
- Morcia Allen – Service Manager
- Kelly Arnold – Assistant Service Manager
- Clinic appointments are available on referral basis.
- All referrals should be addressed to the consultant staff at St Georges.
- Appointments will automatically be made at the patient’s closest hospital unless they are best served by a specialist clinic.
- Specific referral criteria may apply.
- Appointments by telephone and video are available, where appropriate
Many of the regional clinics are held on a monthly basis. However if a the patient is pregnant, they will usually be seen within the week at the Prenatal clinic at St George’s.
We will endeavour to accommodate other urgent appointment requests whenever possible.
SW Thames Centre for Genomics
St George’s University of London
Telephone advice for GPs and other health professionals is also available from the Clinical Staff during routine office hours.
NOTE: If the inquiry concerns a patient previously seen in the clinic it is helpful to give details of the patient first so the genetic records can be accessed at the start of the call.
COVID Information for Patients
Many patients and families with rare disease and genetic disorders will understandably be confused and anxious about their level of risk from Covid19 and what precautions they should take.
In response to this, the British Society for Genetic Medicine and the Clinical Genetics Society have created a risk grid designed to help clinicians and families assess a patients’ risk. The grid is an amalgamation of covid19 risk advice from relevant specialties as well as BSGM covid-19 statement. We hope that you will find this will help you stay safe during these uncertain times.