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 be tested for Tay Sachs Disease alone, please ask your GP to refer you to your local genetics clinic. If you live within the Kennedy Galton Centre catchment area (North West London, Hertfordshire or Bedfordshire) you can print this referral form and take it to your GP to send on to us. We will then arrange an appointment for you.
More information is available on the Jnetics website at http://www.jnetics.org/.