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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 a letter asking you to contact the Liverpool Centre for Genomic Medicine 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 video clinic or a hospital clinic. When you receive your appointment letter, please study it carefully for details of your appointment location and time.

    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 would rather they weren’t, please notify a member of staff. 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 Genomics Service covers, Cheshire, Merseyside and the Isle of Man.

    Our current clinic locations include:

    • Liverpool Women’s Hospital
    • Alder hey Children’s hospital
    • Royal Liverpool University Hospital
    • Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital
    • Warrington Child Development Centre
    • Clatterbridge child Development Centre
    • Walton centre for Neurology
    • Chester Hospital
    • Ormskirk Hospital
    • Leighton Children’s Centre


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  • Meet the Team

    Team Bios and photos to follow

  • Education and training

    Our dedicated genomics strategy team provides a number of roles both internally and externally:

    • Organise (internal and external) monthly education sessions for our team to contribute to CPD
    • Support the mainstreaming and incorporation of Genomic Medicine within other specialities
    • Support Genomic Medicine upskilling of HCPs
    • Teaching requests can be received via

    We have regular involvement with the Genomic medicine service alliance liaising with the education leads there.

    They can be contacted directly at:, holly.o’ and