Re: Specialist Genomic Testing for Rare Diseases across South East England
We wish to inform you that from the 1st February 2021 all genomic tests should be ordered in line with the National Genomic Test Directory for rare inherited diseases
In addition to the Core repertoire of Rare Disease genomic tests, you will now be able to request through the South East GLH, specialist genomic tests as defined in the National Genomic Test Directory.
Genomics tests are now commissioned and funded through NHS England and Improvement, so you will not be invoiced for tests that meet the criteria specified in the National Genomic Test Directory for rare inherited diseases. Patient eligibility criteria and guidance for appropriate testing can also be found on the national test directory web page.
The South East GLH:
NHS England have reconfigured genetic laboratory services and recently commissioned 7 national Genomic Laboratory Hubs (GLH). The South East GLH, a network of leading foundation trusts and pathology providers, is your local Genomics Laboratory Hub and has been commissioned to deliver all genomic testing services across South London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. More information about the NHSE South East Genomic Medicine Service Alliance (GMSA) and GLH can be found here: https://southeastgenomics.nhs.uk/.
Requesting a Test and Sample Requirements:
This new service model may result in a change to how you order tests or to the design of the reports you receive. We are currently in the process of implementing new South East GLH referral forms which will be available from our website prior to 1st February 2021. The website will also have important additional information on how to order these tests, including using the National Genomic Test Directory Clinical Indication ID, sample requirements and turnaround times (https://southeastgenomics.nhs.uk/professionals/#how-to-order-a-test).
Please be aware that whilst you will order a test through the South East GLH, for some specialist tests, we will send samples onto the appropriate national GLH provider and you will receive the reports directly from the testing GLH. The full list of specialist test categories are listed in Annex 1.
We will also shortly provide an update on the newly commissioned genomic cancer testing.
We would be grateful if you could cascade this information to all relevant clinical and laboratory teams within your organisation. We look forward to working with you and if you have any queries please email gst-tr.southeastGLH@nhs.net.
SE GLH Ops Director
SE GLH Medical Director
SE GLH Scientific Director
Annex 1: Genomic Specialist Test Categories
|RD Specialist Service||Main Providers of Specialty|
|Cardiology||South East GLH|
|Gastrohepatology||South East GLH|
|Haematology||South East GLH|
|Neurology||South East GLH|
|Respiratory||South East GLH|
|Skin||South East GLH|
|Endocrinology||South West GLH|
|Eyes||North Thames GLH|
|Hearing||North Thames GLH|
|Immunology||North Thames GLH|
|Inherited Cancer||North Thames GLH|
|Metabolic||North Thames GLH|
|Mitochondrial||North Thames GLH|
|Musculoskeletal||North Thames GLH and Central & South GLH|
|NIPD||North Thames GLH|
|Renal||North Thames GLH and North East & Yorkshire GLH|