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Regional Genetics Service

What the service does
Who provides the service
How to access the service
Location of service
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What the service does

The Regional Genetics Service investigates genetic conditions affecting patients across Northern Ireland.

The Clinical Genetics Service works alongside the Regional Genetics Laboratories to provide:

  • clinical diagnostic expertise
  • genetic counselling
  • patient support, advice and management

Genetic tests are accredited by the National Accreditation Body, UKAS (ISO 15189). Accredited tests designed to find a range of genetic mutations and abnormalities are available.

Diagnostic tests not currently performed by the Regional Genetics Laboratories can be accessed through NHS England and other genetic testing laboratories.

Genetic tests are applied to a wide range of patient referral groups, including those with:

  • family and acquired cancers
  • inherited cardiac conditions
  • infertility
  • developmental delay conditions

The Regional Genetics Laboratories are currently undergoing a significant modernisation programme designed to introduce new technologies and reorganise services. This will allow the labs to offer a world class genomic diagnostic service to the people of Northern Ireland.

Who provides the service

We have a team of more than 65 staff, including:

  • clinical consultant geneticists
  • genetic counsellors
  • clinical scientists
  • scientific technical and support staff

How to access the service

You need to be referred by a GP or specialist doctor. The referral can be made before or after a genetic diagnosis in you or any at-risk relatives.

Location of service

The Regional Genetics Service is based on A Floor of the Tower at Belfast City Hospital.

There are also a number of genetics clinics in hospitals across Northern Ireland.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm (excluding public holidays).

No out-of-hours service is available.

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