A wide range of people attend genetic counselling services and can include newly diagnosed patients, new parents or couples planning a family.
Genetic counsellors work along side clinical consultants, nursing and primary care teams so you may see more than one member of the team.
Your GP or hospital consultant can refer you to a service following a diagnosis of a genetic condition. The first meeting with the counsellor is to discuss information about the family history and review the diagnostic result. Any future appointments will be tailored around the patient and/or family’s needs.
Genetic testing and counselling is availableat 23 regional NHS genetic centres in the UK. See where they located by visiting the Royal College of Physicians website.
The Genetic Alliance UK website has a series of leaflets explaining about inherited conditions. There is a glossary of genetic terms and another about questions to ask when attending genetic testing and counselling appointments. All very useful resources and worth a read!
For further information about this subject visit Genetic testing and counselling