To access genetic testing you must contact your GP or specialist clinician who will arrange a referral for you to an NHS Regional Genetics Service. Here we explain what will happen at that appointment, and how long you might have to wait for a result.
ACCESSING GENETIC TESTING
Genetic testing on the NHS is available through your clinician who orders the tests that are appropriate for you from an NHS-certified laboratory. The clinician will request a test only if they know that the results will help them provide you with the most appropriate healthcare. NHS policies define who is most likely to benefit from specific genetic tests. Your clinician will collect your sample for genetic analysis and send it to the laboratory. The laboratory will then analyse and interpret the results. Your clinician will then be available to talk you through what your results mean. Anyone having a genetic test on the NHS is also likely to see a genetic counsellor. If the test will be looking to determine whether you are affected by a serious genetic condition, counselling will be available both before and after you take the test.
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