Ashkenazi Jewish screening

  • Location: Barnet Hospital, Level 2, Breast Clinic, Wellhouse Lane, Barnet

Jnetic clinics

The Jnetics genetic counselling clinic is located at Barnet Hospital. Clinics are held every first and third Thursday of every month and all appointments are virtual.  

The urgent prenatal query referral form should be used for someone who is pregnant.

If you have any questions please contact the North West Thames Regional Genetic Service or your own area regional genetic service

Screening options

If you have one or more grandparents of Ashkenazi Jewish descent, you have two screening options:

Tay-Sachs carrier screening only

If you live in north west London, your GP can send an electronic referral (eRS) to our genetics service for a virtual or in-person appointment. If you or your partner are pregnant, the gestational age must be included in the referral. A genetic counsellor will then discuss and arrange your free Tay-Sachs disease carrier screening at Barnet Hospital. 

Screening for Tay-Sachs disease and other Jewish genetic conditions

If you'd like to be tested for 9 recessively inherited genetic conditions (including Tay-Sachs disease), you can book a screening session at Barnet Hospital for £250 without a referral from your GP. You will see a genetic counsellor at a virtual appointment who will then arrange the test using a saliva sample. This service is part-subsidised by the charity Jnetics.

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