In October 2018, NHS England announced the launch of the NHS Genomic Medicine Service, providing consistent and equitable access to genomic testing for NHS patients across England. Alongside this, it announced a new infrastructure for genetic testing.
Under the new system, all NHS genetic testing in England is co-ordinated through seven Genomic Laboratory Hubs (GLHs), each delivering services to a particular region (see figure 1). The GLHs work in collaboration with the seven regional Genomic Medicine Service Alliances (GMSAs), who deliver the clinical care of patients receiving genomic testing.
Figure 1: The NHS Genomic Medicine Service regions
The GLH/GMSAs and their lead Trusts are as follows.
|Central and South GLH and GMSA||Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust|
|East GLH and GMSA||Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust|
|North East and Yorkshire GLH and GMSA||The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust|
|North Thames GLH and GMSA||Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust|
|North West GLH and GMSA||Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust|
|South East GLH and GMSA||Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust|
|South West GLH and GMSA||North Bristol NHS Trust|
Resources for clinicians
NHS England: Genomic Laboratory Hubs