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 13 centres across the country involved in the national 100,000 Genome Project and serves 3.5 million people from Dorset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and parts of Somerset, Surrey and Sussex.

The 100,000 Genome Project will transform the way patients with rare disease or cancer are diagnosed and treated. Collectively, the project will sequence and analyse 100,000 genomes from 70,000 patients in order to speed up diagnosis and where possible inform treatment choices and improve patient outcomes.

We work with all specialists in the hospital and active patient groups, to identify patients who could benefit from taking part in the project. 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

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

If you'd like more information on the project or would like to take part, then please contact us on the details below: