Northern Genetics Service

Samples for Genetic Testing

0191 241 8600

The Northern Genetics Service has both a cytogenetics and a molecular (DNA) laboratory in Newcastle.  These provide a service to the whole of the Region.

Referral and sample details for cytogenetic or molecular genetic testing are given on the relevant pages in the sections:

  1. Cytogenetics
  2. Molecular Genetics

Please refer the family or at least discuss with us before requesting DNA tests.
The only tests which will be performed without the patient being seen, or prior consultation are:

  • Cystic Fibrosis (CF) carrier testing
  • Hereditary haemochromatosis (HHC)  carrier testing
  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) carrier testing

If it is not possible to get a blood sample, saliva may sometimes be used for DNA analysis. Please contact the Genetics Department on 0191 241 8600 or email to discuss alternative collection methods.

ALL SAMPLES MUST BE LABELLED with THE NAME and DOB and ACCOMPANIED BY THE RELEVANT FORM

Please ensure that samples are securely contained in a sealed plastic bag.

Samples should be couriered to your local hospital who will forward them to the Northern Genetics Service.


Sample forms

Forms printed off from this site can be used to send with the sample.  However please ensure that the samples are safely contained in a sealed plastic bag.

Supplies of both Cytogenetic and Molecular Genetic request forms can be obtained by contacting:

Mrs Hazel Forrest
Institute of Genetic Medicine
International Centre for Life
Central Parkway
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 3BZ
0191 241 8600

Genetics enquiries

 

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