Northern Genetics Service

Using the Northern Genetics Service

International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne

The Northern Genetics Service provides a comprehensive Clinical Genetics Service for the Northern Region. The main clinical base along with the cytogenetics and molecular laboratories are at the Institute of Genetic Medicine in Newcastle. There is a permanent clinical satellite unit in the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.

Outpatient clinics for assessment and counselling of families with genetic disorder are held at many hospitals across the region (see map).

The regional service for children and adults with inherited neuromuscular diseases is co-coordinated from the Institute of Human Genetics. The National Diagnostic and Advisory Service for Rare Neuromuscular Diseases is also co-coordinated from Newcastle.

The Regional Services for management and genetic counselling for families with Huntington’s Disease is run from the Northern Genetics Service.

We have a number a joint genetics clinics with other specialists including Ophthalmology, Cardiology, Paediatric Endocrinology, Dermatology, Orthopaedics and Paediatric Neurology. Where appropriate, patients may be seen in one of these specialist clinics.


Patients or families should be referred by their GP or other healthcare professional, in writing, to one of the addresses below.

We are very happy to answer telephone or email enquiries if you are not sure whether to refer a patient or would like further information.

Biomedicine East, International Centre for Life
Central Parkway
Newcastle upon Tyne
tel: 0191 241 8600

Genetics Enquiries

The Genetics Unit
James Cook University Hospital
tel: 01642 282624

What to expect if you are referred to the Northern Genetics Service

A referral to the Genetics Clinic may be a cause of anxiety for some patients and their families. It is helpful to be able to provide a Patient Information Leaflet about what they can expect from their appointment:

Your appointment at the Genetics Clinic (pdf)

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