Genetics referrals

All genetics referrals should be directed in the first instance to clinical genetics for triage.

Who can refer?

We accept written referrals from GPs, specialist nurses, midwives and non-genetic medical colleagues. Referrals from GPs take around 8 weeks, others as per NHS guidelines.

The south east Thames regional genetics centre sees patients from London, Surrey, east Sussex and east and west Kent. Before referring, please check that your patient falls within our clinical genetics service referral area (PDF 32Kb). If you are uncertain, contact us or visit the BSGM website to find your regional genetics centre.

We accept referrals from outside our area on the basis of patient choice. This must be stated in writing by the referrer on NHS headed paper. However, as patients will often require follow-up, a referral to the appropriate regional clinic is encouraged.

Arranging an appointment

All clinical genetics appointments based at Guy’s Hospital and all genetics outreach clinics are booked by patient choice. Within 48 hours of receiving a referral letter we will write to patients asking them to contact us in order to book a suitable appointment. This means that they have the opportunity to book a time and date that suits them. We will send a reminder letter after two weeks if they fail to respond.

Please tell your patient that they have been referred to us. Most clinics are held Monday to Friday at Guy's

Cancer genetic referrals

Please refer potentially high risk individuals after obtaining the family history using our cancer family history form (Word 131Kb). If you feel that the patient needs an urgent cancer risk assessment, please call the clinician on duty on 020 7188 1364 to help you decide if a referral is appropriate.

An affected relative should be referred to their local clinic. If this is not possible, then we would be pleased to assess a close relative.

We no longer offer appointments to individuals at an average risk.

We encourage referrers to complete an initial risk assessment. Please call our duty genetic counsellor or write to us with queries, when you have the family history in hand.

Referral contacts

Phone: 020 7188 1364

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm