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Genetics - North West Thames Regional Genetics Service (Kennedy Galton Centre)

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The North West Thames Regional Genetics Service (Kennedy-Galton Centre) is based at Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospitals in Harrow. We are the regional genetics service for residents of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Hillingdon, Brent, Harrow, Ealing, Hammersmith, Hounslow, Kensington, Chelsea, Westminster and Edgware.

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Services we offer

We offer genetic counselling and genetic diagnosis to individuals and families living in the area.  We are based at Northwick Park Hospital and offer out-reach clinics in different hospitals across the region.

There is close co-operation between the laboratory and clinical services and the centre prides itself on providing an integrated clinical genetics service. Please click here for detailed information about the laboratory services for professionals.


Information about the genetics clinic for individuals and families

How can I get an appointment in the genetics clinic?

If you are concerned about your health, the health of a family member, or your family history, you should ask your family doctor (GP) in the first instance. They may answer your question or refer you on to our service or another service that can help. 

What happens at a genetics appointment?

Our leaflet for people with a genetics appointment is available here.

We hold clinics at several different hospitals across the region and will usually arrange to see people in the clinic closest to their home. Your appointment letter will state where the clinic will be held.

If you live outside of the North West Thames area, you can find your local genetics service here.


Information about the clinical genetics service for professionals
Referrals for all genetics clinics should be made to:

Consultant Geneticist
North West Thames Regional Genetics Service
Level 8V, Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospitals
Watford Road
Harrow HA1 3UJ

Tel: 020 8869 2795 

Fax: 020 8869 3106

Urgent referrals should be faxed to 020 8869 3106. If the patient is pregnant, please refer as early as possible in the pregnancy. The referral could be sent on the Urgent Prenatal Referral Form available here. We encourage pre-conception referrals where possible.

Referrals are reviewed by the relevant Consultant (by geographical area) and patients are offered an appointment usually by the Partial Booking System whereby they receive a letter and are asked to make an appointment at a mutually convenient time, improving attendance rates. 

If your patient lives outside our catchment area, you can find their local genetics service here. Catchment areas are based on the postcode of the GP, not the patient.

If you have a cancer referral, please use our cancer referral guidelines. If you are GP referring a patient with a family history of cancer, please consider providing your patient with our family history questionnaire to complete prior to sending the referral. Referrals with completed questionnaires can be processed more quickly.


Genetics

Laboratory

Both the cytogenetic and molecular genetic laboratories are CPA accredited (Reference numbers 1773 and 2148 respectively). The North West Thames Regional Genetics laboratories are part of the UK Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN)

Please click here for detailed laboratory information for professionals.



The North West Thames Regional Genetics Service is based on Level 8V in the St Mark's Hospital section of Northwick Park Hospital. Map and directions.

Contacts


Clinical Genetics Service - for clinical advice, appointments and administrative queries 

Tel: 020 8869 2795
Fax: 020 8869 3106

Email: LNWH-tr.nwtrgsclinicalgenetics@nhs.net

Please note the above email address is for non-urgent enquiries only. Please do not include confidential information unless you are sending the email from an email address that ends @nhs.net.

If you are a patient sending your own personal information please be aware that we cannot be certain of the security of information sent by email.

 


Genetics Laboratories

Tel: 020 8869 3180

Cytogenetics - Prenatal Laboratory 
Tel: 020 8869 3109

Cytogenetics - Blood Laboratory 
Tel: 020 8869 3104

Laboratory Fax. 020 8869 5061 or 020 8869 3169

Email for laboratory queries: LNWH-tr.nwtrgsdnalab@nhs.net
NB: Please do not include confidential information unless you are sending the email from an email address that ends @nhs.net. 


Clinic locations
Appointments are normally arranged at the clinic closest to the patient's home address or at our centre in Northwick Park Hospital. The clinic location will be clearly stated on the appointment letter. Detailed information about the locations of each clinic can be found here.

Clinics are held at the following hospitals:

  • London: Charing Cross Hospital, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Ealing Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, Heart of Hounslow Centre of Health, Hillingdon Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, West Middlesex Hospital


  • Hertfordshire: Barnet General Hospital, Lister Hospital (Stevenage), Watford General Hospital, Hemel Hempstead General Hospital, Hertford County Hospital

  • Bedfordshire: Bedford General Hospital, Bedford Child Development Centre, Edwin Lobo Child Development Centre (Luton), Luton and Dunstable Hospital.

 


Consultant Clinical Geneticists

  • Dr Emma Wakeling (Clinical Lead) 
  • Dr Angela Brady (Cancer Lead) 
  • Dr Birgitta Bernhard  
  • Dr Natalie Canham  
  • Dr Virginia Clowes  
  • Dr Neeti Ghali
  • Dr Susan Holder
  • Dr Fleur S van Dijk
  • Dr Rita Ibitoye

Genetic Counsellors

  • Vicki Kiesel (Lead Genetic Counsellor - currently on maternity leave)
  • Natalie Ellery (Education Lead)
  • Cheryl Berlin (Cancer Lead)
  • Marion Bartlett
  • Demetra Georgiou
  • Catherine Hartigan (locum)
  • Sharon Jenkins
  • Monika Kosicka-Slawinska
  • Lauren Limb
  • Ravinder Sehra
  • Sinead Whyte
  • Kashmir Randhawa (GC Assistant)

Laboratory Staff

  • Katie Waters, Consultant Clinical Scientist/Head of Regional Genetics Service
  • Stewart Payne, Clinical Scientist/Head of Molecular Genetics Lab

Business Manager - Genetics

  • Carole Thompson

Information about the clinical genetics service for professionals

Referrals for all genetics clinics should be made to:

Consultant Geneticist
North West Thames Regional Genetics Service
Level 8V, Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospitals
Watford Road
Harrow HA1 3UJ

Tel: 020 8869 2795 

Fax: 020 8869 3106

Email:lnwh-tr.geneticreferrals@nhs.net

Urgent referrals should be emailed to lnwh-tr.geneticreferrals@nhs.net and clearly marked as urgent. If the patient is pregnant, please refer as early as possible in the pregnancy. The referral could be sent on the Urgent Prenatal Referral Form available here. We encourage pre-conception referrals where possible.

Referrals are reviewed by the relevant Consultant (by geographical area) and patients are offered an appointment usually by the Partial Booking System whereby they receive a letter and are asked to make an appointment at a mutually convenient time, improving attendance rates. 

If your patient lives outside our catchment area, you can find their local genetics service here. Catchment areas are based on the postcode of the GP, not the patient.

If you have a cancer referral, please use our cancer referral guidelines. If you are GP referring a patient with a family history of cancer, please consider providing your patient with our family history questionnaire to complete prior to sending the referral. Referrals with completed questionnaires can be processed more quickly.

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What information should be included in a referral to the genetics clinic?

As a minimum, a referral should include the patient’s full name, address, date of birth and NHS number, their GP details and the reason for referral to the genetics clinic.

If the patient is pregnant, please consider using the Urgent Prenatal Referral Form and include copies of relevant scan reports.

Please include as much information as possible about the specific condition or suspected condition in the family.  If another family member has a confirmed genetic diagnosis, please include the following where possible:

  • specific diagnosis
  • relevant test reports
  • exact biological relationship between the affected individual and the person being referred eg half-sister (same mother).

Internet resources for individuals and families 

Genetic Alliance UK 

Genetic Alliance UK is the national charity of over 130 patient organisations, supporting all those affected by genetic conditions. The website contains an introduction to genetics and genetic conditions and has many patient information leaflets.

Unique Rare Chomosome Disorder Support Group

Unique is a source of information and support to families and individuals affected by any rare chromosome disorder.

Contact a Family

Contact a Family provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC)

Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC) is a national charity which provides non-directive support and information to parents throughout the antenatal testing process.

Internet resources for people attending the genetics clinic because of their family history of cancer:

Macmillan

Macmillan Cancer Support provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care. 

Breast Cancer Care 

Breast Cancer Care offer support and information to people affected by breast cancer. Specific information is available for people with a family history of breast cancer.

Beating Bowel Cancer

Beating Bowel Cancer raises awareness and provides support and information to anybody worried about or affected by bowel cancer.

Useful resources for professionals

Genomics Education Programme - This programme provides free information, education and training resources for all NHS staff and have a number of online courses, resources and factsheets available covering genomics.

British Society for Genetic Medicine (BSGM)

Association for Genetic Nurses and Counsellors (AGNC)

The North West Thames Regional Genetics laboratories are part of the UK Genetic Testing Network (UKGTN)

Our resources for professionals 

Family history questionnaire for cancer genetics referrals. This should always be accompanied by a referral - please see the Cancer Genetics Referrals section for more details.

Our urgent prenatal referral form can be faxed to 020 8869 3106 to refer pregnant patients for genetic counselling. Further information about referrals can be found in the Information for Professionals section on the Service tab above.

Please see the Laboratory services section for more resources for professionals.

Associated services

The National Ehlers-Danlos Diagnostic Service is based within our service.  For more information about this service and how to refer please click here

We have close links with the Family Cancer Clinic for individuals and families with a family history of colorectal cancer. This service is based at St Mark's Hospital.

The Polyposis Registry is also based at St Mark's Hospital. A helpline is available for individuals and families with multiple bowel polyps.