The North Thames GLH provides and coordinates all genomic tests, within agreed turnaround times, to bring genomic innovation to the people of North London, Hertfordshire and Mid and South Essex.
We work cooperatively with the national network of GLHs to deliver all tests outlined in the National Genomic Test Directory and bring equitable access to testing across the country.
The North Thames GLH provides the following services, delivered by a network of partner laboratories;
Rare and Inherited Disease core services
Cancer core services
Specialist services for Hearing, Ophthalmology, Musculoskeletal, Immunology, Inherited cancer, Metabolic, Mitochondrial, Neurology, Renal, Skin, Non-invasive prenatal diagnosis.
The remaining specialist services (Haematology, Endocrine, Gastro, Cardiology, Respiratory) are provided by other GLHs, and the North Thames GLH supports services in region to access these.
Our laboratories only accept samples from clinicians once a clinical referral has been made. The North Thames GLH is directly funded for service delivery so there will be no provider-to-provider invoicing for tests specified by the national Genomic Test Directory (NGTD), and patients meeting the eligibility criteria.
Our Partner Laboratories
Since our launch in 2018, we have worked to consolidate laboratory testing across the region to enable the provision of standardised, high quality, rapid testing and support an increase in capacity, accelerate uptake of new technologies and improve equity of patient access. Our partners work as a single North Thames Genomics Laboratory Service to share expertise and specialist knowledge.
GOSH Genetics Laboratory
The majority of Rare and Inherited Disease Core services (>95%) and all specialist services are provided by the GOSH Genetics Laboratory. This includes the sub-national R21 service for fetal exome sequencing.
Head of Laboratory Service: Lucy Jenkins
Laboratory contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 020 7829 8870 / 020 7762 6888
Samples should be sent to: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, Levels 4-6 Barclay House, 37, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BH
The GOSH Genetics Laboratory, in collaboration with the Centre of Molecular Pathology at RMH, also delivers our paediatric cancer testing services.
Head of Laboratory Service: Philippa May, Philippa.May@gosh.nhs.uk
Laboratory contact email: gos-tr.pmu.nhs.net
Phone: 010 7405 9200 ext 8883/5771/5400
Samples should be sent to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, Levels 4-6 Barclay House, 37, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BH
Clinical Genomics Department, The Centre for Molecular Pathology, at The Royal Marsden
The Clinical Genomics Department based at The Royal Marsden Hospital provides the majority of solid tumour analyses for the region using large gene panels.
Prepared samples are forwarded from local Pathology labs to the RMH laboratory for analysis. Order and View may be used for test requests and results.
Head of Laboratory Service: Mikel Valganon
Laboratory contact email: RMCGS@rmh.nhs.uk
Phone: 020 8915 6543
Samples should be sent to Clinical Genomics Department, The Centre for Molecular Pathology, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, 15 Cotswold Road, Sutton, Surrey. SM2 5NG.
Health Services Laboratories (HSL)
HSL provides a number of core Rare and Inherited disease services:
- Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing– provided sub-nationally (one of three national providers)
- Karyotyping and QF-PCR (for UCLH only)
Head of Laboratory Service: Elaine Holgado
Laboratory contact email: email@example.com
Phone: 020 7307 7409
Samples should be sent to TDL Genetics Sample Reception, 1 Mabledon Place, London, WC1H 9AX
Haematological malignancy services from 5 partner SIHMDs laboratories
Molecular and cytogenetic laboratory services for SIHMDS are provided by 5 partner laboratories, in association with the local SIHMDS.