Private Genetic Counselling in the UK

Sit down with our genetic counsellor, Sara Levene, to discuss your genetic health at the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health today.

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What Is Genetic Counselling?

Genetic counselling is a one-to-one consultation that helps patients better understand their genetic health and the risk of passing a genetic disorder on to their children. It can also help to identify the investigations and fertility treatments which can help overcome that risk.

Our genetic counsellor is able to recommend some of the most advanced genetic investigations available, ensuring everyone is given the opportunity to create a healthy family, without exception.

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Our Genetic Counsellor

Sara Levene is our consultant genetic counsellor and a key member of our genetic health team.

She started her career in cancer genetics research projects before moving into clinical work.
• From 1999, Sara worked with cancer families as well as families affected by a wide range of other genetic conditions.
• From 2005 – 2009, she led the development of a carrier screening programme for recessive disorders in the UK Jewish population. Concurrently, she joined the Assisted Conception Unit at Guy’s Hospital to provide PGD for patients with a range of genetic disorders.
• In 2009, Sara became a Principal Genetic Counsellor at Guy’s.

Sara joined CRGH in 2017, and leads on the genetics aspects of the PGD service, genetic counselling, and CarrierMatch™ screening, and is part of the clinical team further developing the genetics programme at the centre.

In addition, Sara is the elected chair of the AGNC, the national body which represents genetic counsellors in the UK and Ireland. The AGNC provides representation, education and support to genetic counsellors. In her role as chair, Sara aims to champion the integration of genetic counsellors into mainstream settings, as genomic testing is rolled out across all medical specialties.
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Who should consider Genetic Counselling?

Patients consider genetic counselling for lots of different reasons. These include those with a known genetic condition themselves or in their family, those who already have a child with a genetic condition or those who have lost one or more pregnancies in the past.

 

What does genetic counselling involve?

At CRGH, we believe that everybody should have the opportunity to create a healthy family. Private genetic counselling in the UK is the best way to gain a stronger understanding of how your genetic health looks and what investigations or treatments can help you.

In your initial appointment, your genetic counsellor will ask you about your personal and family medical history, and review any relevant medical records or testing that has already been undertaken. They will then recommend either a bespoke plan of investigation or a treatment plan.

Once any investigations have been arranged and carried out, your genetic counsellor will discuss the results with you and put together a treatment plan to maximise your chances of building a healthy family.

Our Outstanding Success Rates

PGS/PGT-A Live Birth Rates, Per Embryo Transfer, 2020

Live Birth Rate per embryo transferred in under 35s

2021

38.20%

Live Birth Rate per embryo transferred all ages average

2021

53.0%

Live Birth Rates per Embryo Transferred by age group

2021

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How can I access private genetic counselling in the UK?

At CRGH, almost every treatment journey begins with an initial consultation. You will be offered an hour-long video appointment with a consultant of your choice, who will assess your previous medical and fertility history, as well as your goals for treatment. Having taken a detailed medical history, your consultant will help you understand the treatment options which are available and answer any questions you might have.

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An Initial Consultation is the first step in almost every treatment journey. During this 60 minute appointment via video you will meet with a consultant of your choice. Our consultants are experts at understanding your previous medical and fertility history, as well as your goals for treatment. Having taken a detailed medical history, your consultant will help you understand the treatment options which are available and answer any questions you might have.
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