Whom should I refer?
This depends on the clinical question to be answered. Some examples of people who have found referral to be valuable include:
- A person with a possible or known genetic condition in the family wanting to know if a diagnosis can be made in them or their offspring, and if so, the risks, options and treatment.
- A person with a family history of cancer, wanting to know if they are at increased risk, and if so what options they have.
- Parents of a child with multiple medical problems and/or learning difficulties, wanting an expert opinion particularly as to whether an underlying diagnosis can be made
- A person with a genetic condition wanting information about the condition and the management / surveillance options available for them
- A person with a family history of a condition undertaking a genetic test to determine if they have inherited the condition or are a carrier
- A couple considering pregnancy where there is a genetic condition in the family, requesting information about reproductive options
- A couple who have had recurrent pregnancy losses or children with multiple anomalies
- People requiring access to and explanation of complicated genetic tests