South East GLH: Name change announcement

Dear Colleagues,

Re: Name change announcement

We would like to announce a change to our name from London South Genomic Laboratory Hub to South East Genomic Laboratory Hub, effective 15th December 2020.

The national genomic testing service is delivered through a network of seven Genomic Laboratory Hubs (GLHs), each responsible for co-ordinating services for a particular part of the country. The South East Genomic Laboratory Hub encompasses South London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. After careful consideration, we believe the South East Genomic Laboratory Hub more accurately reflects the region we cover and follows the national re-alignment of the GLH names.

This name change also aligns with the emerging Genomic Medicine Service Alliances (GMSA) which will oversee the systematic embedding of genomic medicine within the region. Once these alliances are established, we will provide more detailed correspondence around this new infrastructure.

Our digital presence is transitioning to our new name in the next few weeks, resulting in a different way for you to access our service. Please find our new details below:

Please note that our rebranding and name change will not impact the service we currently deliver. Our physical address remains unchanged.

We will continue to keep you updated of any further developments.

Yours sincerely,

South East Genomic Laboratory Hub

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