London South GLH: Update on genomic testing

South East Genomics NHS UK

Dear colleagues,

Re: Update on genomic testing within South East England and new test request forms

As you may be aware, NHS England are reconfiguring the way genomic and genetic laboratory services are commissioned and delivered. They have established 7 Genomic Laboratory Hubs to lead this reconfiguration. The London South GLH (LSGLH), a network of leading foundation trusts and pathology providers, has been commissioned to deliver the genomics laboratory
service across South London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. More information about the new NHSE national Genomics Medicine Service and the London South GLH can be found here:

As a result of this, there has been a consolidation of genetic and genomic testing within the South East England region. All sample preparation and analysis from St George’s has transitioned to the Viapath Laboratory at Guy’s Hospital. Samples should therefore be sent directly to Guy’s Hospital:

Genetics Laboratories
5th Floor, Tower Wing
Guy’s Hospital
Great Maze Pond

We are currently updating our website to include important information on: ordering tests; sample requirements; turnaround times; and what to expect from the report. The final LSGLH test request forms are yet to be released for wider use, but we are aware that an earlier draft version has been circulated and is starting to be used by clinical colleagues. Please continue to use this form (see Annex 1) for the existing tests that you normally request and send the corresponding samples to the Viapath Lab at Guy’s Hospital.

We will keep you updated and once the full National Genomic Test Directory is launched, provide official communications.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Hall
London South GLH Director of Operations

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With any Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) test ordered, a Record of Discussion (RoD) form will also need to be submitted. This document is to record the patient’s consent for genomic testing and their choice on taking part in research. Guidance on the patient choice conversation can be found here
This RoD form will be available for clinicians to download from this webpage. Once completed with the patient, it can be send to the lab with the corresponding test order form and sample.
Tests available to order will be listed in the National Genomic Test Directory. A test order form will soon be made available for clinicians on this webpage to download and complete. This form will include the address of the laboratory that the appropriate sample and completed form needs to be sent to.
Until the new Genomic Laboratory Service goes live, please continue to follow existing test order processes.
Later this year, the online test ordering tool for Whole Genome Sequencing will be integrated into the National Genomics Informatics System (NGIS) and clinicians will be able to search or filter to find a clinical indication, confirm eligibility criteria and start the test request process for their patient.