The referral process
A consultant clinical geneticist and genetic counsellor will review the referral and decide on the action to be taken. You can write to any of us, but the clinical team responsible for the geographical area in which the patient lives will normally see the patient. The exception is when a specialist service offered in Southampton would be more appropriate. Please read our meet the team pages for a summary of which staff members cover a specific geographic area or specialist clinic.
In line with national requirements, all referrals from NHS GPs need to be made using the e-Referral System (eRS). The UHS clinical genetics team will not accept referrals from NHS GPs outside of eRS.
UHS clinical genetics offer three services on eRS: Genetics - cancer; Genetics - general (non-cancer); and Genetics - familial hypercholesterolemia. For full guidance on the referral criteria for these services, please consult the entries on them available on the directory of services.
Please note that all requests for advice should be sent as referrals through eRS. All referrals and advice requests are reviewed by a clinician and either could result in an appointment being offered, telephone triage with the patient and/or an advice by letter being sent to the patient and/or GP.
Send referrals via secure email to UHS.GeneticsTeam@nhs.net from another nhs.net email account to remain secure or post to:
Wessex clinical genetics service
Princess Anne Hospital
Urgent referrals, such as those involving an on-going pregnancy, should be emailed for the attention of Diana Wellesley, lead geneticist for the prenatal service to UHS.GeneticsTeam@nhs.net from another nhs.net email account to remain secure.
Ward referrals, such as a review of a current inpatient, can also be requested and we are currently developing a dedicated ward referral form. In the meantime, please call to discuss the patient so that their clinical need can be assessed.
If you are unsure whether to refer, please telephone the department and ask to speak to a member of the clinical team. One of our doctors or genetic counsellors will be pleased to answer any general or referral queries.
Call us on 023 8120 6170 in office hours (8am to 4pm).
Request forms for genetic tests are available on the Wessex Regional Genetic Laboratory website.
Cancer genetics referrals
When making a referral please provide as much information as possible. Your patient will be asked to complete a family history questionnaire (FHQ). It is helpful if the FHQ is completed and sent with the referral letter. If the patient is asked to complete an FHQ by us and this is not returned within six weeks your patient may not be offered an appointment.
General genetics (non-cancer) referrals
A family history questionnaire is not currently required for general genetics (non-cancer) referrals. However, if appropriate please provide as much clinical and family history information as possible.