SW Thames Regional Genetics Laboratory - Molecular genetics services
We provide a comprehensive service for disorders that can be diagnosed by DNA testing. The situation of the laboratory within the department facilitates the discussion of individual cases between laboratory staff and clinicians. The adjacent research laboratory provides the basis for translating research findings rapidly into the diagnostic service as funding permits.
Laboratory Contact Details
The Laboratory is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays. Advice for test ordering and interpretation is available between these hours. Clinical and referral advice is available from our Clinical Genetics department, whose contact details can be found here.
The Laboratory holds all patient information securely and does not give out personal information without consent. Patient confidentiality is maintained in accordance with local and national guidelines. Due to the nature of the interpretive reports we issue, we cannot give results to patients directly, only to their referring doctor.
Should you have a complaint regarding our service, please contact the Laboratory directly either by telephone or email (contact details above), or by contacting St. George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Complaints department, whose contact details can be found here.
New requests can be made using the Laboratory Request Form.
Request for prenatal analysis should be made using the Prenatal testing request form.
Please refer to the molecular genetics sample requirements page here
Please note: all requests for array CGH testing must have both pages of the Laboratory Request form completed.
Additional test requests on patient samples already held by the laboratory can be made verbally by phone but should also be subsequently confirmed in writing.
Tests and other information can also be requested via the email address above, preferably from other nhs.uk or nhs.net accounts wherever possible.
Please ensure that patient confidentiality is maintained and no full name or dates of birth are used - please use hospital numbers or other known identifiers where possible.
The Laboratory aims to report 90% of results within nationally agreed reporting time targets but sometimes this is not achievable. Due to short staffing we are currently experiencing delays in reporting times. Below are our current median reporting times compared to ACGS target times.
Page Last Edited: 07/04/2017