Referrals are accepted from GPs, medical specialists, specialist nurses, midwives and healthcare colleagues throughout the North West region. Referrals to genetic clinics are usually to a named consultant but if not specified are allocated according to a consultant with a special interest, an appropriate out-reach clinic or to the urgency clinic.
We do accept referrals from outside our area on the basis of patient choice. However as patients will often require follow-up appointments, in this circumstance a referral to a neighbouring regional service is encouraged.
How do I find the consultant to refer to?
Do I need a specific form?
You can find all our referral forms on our Useful Forms page.
What are the common reasons for referral?
- organisation of specialised prenatal diagnosis for a known familial genetic disorder
- diagnosis and counselling on diagnosis of fetal abnormality, either on genetic testing or ultrasound.
- investigation and diagnosis of congenital abnormality
- investigation and diagnosis of abnormalities of growth or development in childhood
- diagnosis of a disorder of metabolism investigation
- diagnosis of a possible genetic disease, including eye, renal, cardiac and neurological disorders with a known or possible genetic basis
- access to specialist expertise following diagnosis of a genetic condition
- strong family history of cancer
- concern regarding personal or family history of a genetic disease
- to access testing of family members for carrier status for single gene (mendelian) disorders, including presymptomatic or predictive gene testing when indicated.