There are a number of different situations that might lead you to book a Genetic Counselling consultation.
- If there has previously been a diagnosis of a known genetic condition in a member of your family
- If you or your partner is personally affected with a genetic condition
- If your child who has been diagnosed with a genetic condition
- If you have lost one or more pregnancies as a result of a genetic condition
In any of these situations, our Genetic Counsellor can offer a consultation to discuss the risk of the genetic condition occurring again in the next generation, and if so, what genetic tests are available.
In many cases, genetic tests will be for healthy carrier status (eg. recessive genes, genes on the X-chromosome, or hereditary rearrangements of the chromosomes). When a carrier of one of these types of genetic conditions is identified, the main implications will be with regard to having a healthy child, and our Genetic Counsellor can provide information regarding options for achieving this.
In some situations the person carrying a familial gene mutation will also be at risk of health problems themselves. If this is the case, our Genetic Counsellor will discuss onward referral to specialist doctors to monitor your future health.
Undiagnosed complex health problems that may be ‘genetic’.
If you or a member of your family has complex health problems that are yet to be give a formal name or diagnosis, you would benefit from a fuller medical assessment from a ‘Clinical Geneticist’ (a doctor specialising in Genetics). At this time we are not offering a diagnostic service for these types of situations.
Common conditions with a genetic risk
There are a number of common health problems that have a genetic component that influences risk. For example cancer, heart disease, and mental health problems. At this time we are not offering a family history assessment service for these types of situations.