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Your referral

From your initial appointment, we will provide as much information as possible about your reason for visiting us and discuss the options and course of actions that are right for you and your family. Not everyone who comes to our service has a genetic condition.

  • Reasons for being referred to us

    There are lots of reasons why patients are referred to us. Here are some of them:

    • A condition runs in your family or in your partner’s family and you may be concerned about the chance of developing the condition or passing it on to a child or future generations
    • You or your partner has a child with a combination of problems where diagnosis may be uncertain and either you or your doctors are wondering if there may be a genetic cause for this
    • You, your partner or your family has experienced pregnancy loss
    • You and your partner are close blood relatives
    • You have a family history of particular types of cancer
  • How we help individuals and families

    There are lots of ways we help individuals and families. In the main we:

    • Make, confirm or exclude a diagnosis
    • Providing understandable information about a condition
    • Discus the impact of a condition in the future
    • Discuss the risks to future children and/or other family members
    • Explain types of testing or screening available
    • Where appropriate, talk about ways of living with a condition and the medical and social support available
  • Your appointment

    Once a referral has been made, you will receive an information leaflet along with a referral letter asking you to contact Clinical Genetics to make an appointment through one of our clinic coordinators. You will not receive an appointment without contacting us first. Depending on the reason for your referral, you will be offered an appointment either in a telephone clinic, a hospital clinic or in your home. When you receive your appointment letter, please study it carefully for details of your appointment location and time.

    Your first appointment will be with your assigned Genetic Counsellor as an essential part of any new referral. The Genetic Counsellor will take your family history, where possible from both sides of the family including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. This enables us to provide you with accurate information and also helps us to interpret and understand information accurately at each appointment stage. It is an opportunity for you to share any concerns you might have or to ask any questions. Your partner, relative or friend is welcome to accompany you at your appointments. If you have hearing difficulties or your first language is not English we can arrange for an interpreter to be present.

    On occasion, student clinicians may be present for training purposes. If you rather they weren’t, please notify a member of staff. Most people will require at least two appointments lasting at least half an hour. If for any reason you cannot attend your appointment, please contact the department referenced in the appointment letter. We can then arrange another date for you and offer your original appointment to someone else.

    Please note: Anyone failing to attend an appointment or who cancels more than once will be discharged back to their referring clinician. This does not affect your right to request a future referral to our service.

  • Our clinics

    Our regional clinical genetics service covers Cheshire, Merseyside and the Isle of Man.

    Current clinic locations include:

    • Liverpool Women’s Hospital
    • Alder Hey Children’s Hospital
    • Royal Liverpool University Hospital
    • Leighton Children’s Centre
    • Clatterbridge Child Development Centre
    • Ormskirk hospital
    • Warrington Child Development Centre
    • Yew Tree Clinic

    You will receive a letter from the Liverpool Women’s and the location of your appointment will be indicated on your appointment letter. Please read the letter carefully and if you have any questions about your appointment, please do not hesitate to contact Clinical Genetics on 0151 802 5001 or 0151 802 5002.

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