Genetic Counselling

Discussing Your Genetic Health

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Genetic Counselling

Genetic Counselling starts by sitting down with our genetic counsellor. This one-to-one consultation helps patients understand the risk of passing a genetic disorder on to their children, as well as the investigations and 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. Sara became a Principal Genetic Counsellor at Guy’s in 2009.

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.
A head shot of Genetic Counsellor Sara Levene, a member of the genetic health team at CRGH.

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.


Our Outstanding Success Rates

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Live Birth Rates per Embryo Transferred by age group


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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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