19 December 2017
This clinic is funded by the charity Jnetics, offering Tay Sachs testing and/or private genetic testing for the nine common Jewish genetic disorders. This clinic will run alongside our existing genetics clinic, once a week in Barnet Hospital.
People of Ashkenazi Jewish descent have a 1 in 5 chance of being a healthy carrier for at least one of 9 serious genetic disorders. The new clinic at Barnet Hospital provides education about the risks of these conditions and what it means to be a carrier and gives you the opportunity to discuss the genetic testing options. There are two tests available. You can give a blood sample and be tested for Tay Sachs disease alone, and this test is free. Alternatively, you can book to see a genetic counsellor in the clinic and give a saliva sample to be tested for the 9 common conditions. This test costs £190.
The genetic counselling clinic takes place in Barnet Hospital and is open 4 days a month:
- 1st Thursday of the month: 8.30 – 11.30am
- 2nd Wednesday of the month: 3.30 – 6.30pm
- 3rd Thursday of the month: 8.30 – 11.30am
- 4th Thursday of the month: 3.30 – 6.30pm
If you are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and would like to make an appointment with a Genetic Counsellor for advice and screening, please book an appointment in the Jnetics Barnet clinic by following this link: https://jnetics-barnet-clinic.youcanbook.me/.
To only book a free Tay Sachs blood test please follow this link: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/pre_timescreen.php?id=10084
More information is available on the Jnetics website at http://www.jnetics.org/.