People of Ashkenazi Jewish descent have a 1 in 5 chance of being a healthy carrier for at least one of 9 serious genetic disorders.
The new clinic at Barnet Hospital provides education about the risks of these conditions and what it means to be a carrier, and gives you the opportunity to discuss the genetic testing options.
There are two tests available.
- You can ask your GP to refer you to your local genetics clinic to give a blood sample and be tested for Tay Sachs disease alone - this test is free.
- Alternatively you can self-book to see a genetic counsellor in the clinic and give a saliva sample to be tested for the 9 common conditions - this test costs £190.
The genetic counselling clinic takes place in Barnet Hospital and is open 4 days a month:
- 1st Thursday of the month from 8.30am to 11.30am
- 2nd Wednesday of the month from 3.30pm to 6.30pm
- 3rd Thursday of the month from 8.30am to 11.30am
- 4th Thursday of the month from 3.30pm to 6.30pm
Address - Barnet Hospital, Level 2, Breast Clinic, Wellhouse Lane, Barnet, EN5 3DJ
How to make an appointment
If you are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and would like to pay for genetic testing for the nine common conditions, and make an appointment with a Genetic Counsellor for advice and screening, please book an appointment in the Jnetics Barnet clinic by clicking on this link - https://jnetics-barnet-clinic.youcanbook.me/
To be tested for Tay Sachs, please ask your GP to refer you to your local genetics clinic. If you live within the Kennedy Galton Centre catchment area (North West London, Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire) you can print this referral form and take it to your GP to send on to us. We will then arrange an appointment for you.
For more information on the Jnetics website please click this link - http://www.jnetics.org/