Wessex NHS Genomic Medicine Centre

Working in partnership with trusts from across the South, we are the lead organisation of the Wessex NHS Genomic Medicine Centre (GMC). The Wessex NHS GMC is one of 11 centres involved in the national genome project and serves 3.5 million people from Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and parts of Somerset, Surrey and Sussex.

We work with all specialists in the hospital and active patient groups, to identify patients who could benefit from a genome test. A genome test is useful where a disorder runs through a family or if there is a strong likelihood of a change in a gene being a major risk factor for the development of a condition. Sometimes the gene sequence is useful to classify conditions into different subtypes that need different treatment, as is the case in cancer.

Once the project has been introduced to the patient by their healthcare professional, our team will approach the patient and explain the project in detail. It involves consent, sample taking and medical data input. Results will be fed back to the patients’ clinicians like any other NHS test.

By doing this we are contributing to the national project and everyone who takes part helps us to build up a picture of the way genomes differ between us all. As a result we will start to understand what all the variations mean in terms of health and disease.

Our partners are:

  • Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Solent NHS Trust
  • Isle of Wight NHS Trust
  • Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Poole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

The network is coordinated through the Wessex Academic Health Science Network.