This section includes links to genetic testing services for Tay-Sachs disease and other Jewish genetic disorders; and counselling services that offer support for people dealing with a range of issues relating to genetic conditions.
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The Clinical Genetics Department runs a walk-in clinic for Tay Sachs disease screening on Monday mornings (except Bank holidays) between 9.30am and 11am. The service is free and no referral or appointment is needed.
Genetics Clinic, 7th Floor Borough Wing, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9RT
Telephone: 020 7188 1364
The Department of Chemical Pathology offers a screening service on Thursday mornings. You can book your appointment in advance at the following link
Barnet General Hospital, Department of Chemical Pathology, Wellhouse Lane, Herts EN5 3DJ
Telephone: 020 8216 4313
In addition to ‘Jnetics community screening events’, a number of other providers also offer testing for Jewish genetic disorders.
Within the framework of the existing walk-in clinic, Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital are now piloting a new self-funded (private) service that tests for 9 recessive disorders – including Tay-Sachs. Details about this service can be found on their website or by phoning the clinic, or on the ‘Guy’s Carrier Testing Service’ link on our website.
Genetics Clinic, 7th Floor Borough Wing, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9RT. Telephone: 020 7188 1364
In addition to the service at Guy’s and Barnet Hospital, there are a number of other private testing options that cover a range of Jewish genetic disorders. Inclusion of these private options by Jnetics does not represent an endorsement of their services.
Dor Yeshorim is an international genetic screening organisation established within the Orthodox Jewish community to prevent Jewish genetic disorders. They offer testing for 9 recessive disorders (plus Gaucher Disease on request) to unmarried, previously un-tested individuals who intend to find a spouse by arranged marriage. Results are not supplied but a PIN number is given and checked against that of a potential spouse to assess compatibility. Local centres in the UK can be contacted without referral to find out details of their private screening.
USA Telephone: 001 718 384 2332
TDL is the largest independent provider of clinical laboratory diagnostic services in the UK. It offers testing for 9 recessive Ashkenazi Jewish genetic disorders (plus Gaucher disease and other on request and at extra cost). The private screening service is available to anyone and results are given directly to the individuals being tested.
Tel: 020 7307 7373
This commercial company, previously the Leeds Screening Centre, offers a wide range of health screening and ultrasound imaging facilities direct to the public. Their Alef8 genetic screening service provides a DNA test for 8 recessive genetic disorders that are of particular relevance to Ashkenazi Jews.
Tel: 0845 272 9999
This website, of the British Society for Genetic Medicine (BSGM), provides a directory of UK genetic centres. The BSGM is an independent body representing UK genetics professionals.
Using the directory, your local genetic centre can be identified and contacted to arrange a meeting with one of their genetic counsellors.
National Telephone: 0121 627 2634
BACP members are individuals and organisations concerned with counselling in a variety of settings. The organisation publishes directories of counselling services and will refer enquirers to a local counsellor free of charge.
Tel 01455 883300
ARC is the only national charity which provides non-directive support and information to expectant and bereaved parents throughout and after the antenatal screening and testing process.
Telephone helpline: 020 7631 0285
This charity helps bereaved children and their families to get the best possible help, recognition and understanding following their loss. They provide information, signposting and a helpline, and can provide counselling via children’s workshops, one-to-one or for the whole family and also offer consultancy work to inform and empower professionals.
Telephone: 020 8446 7452
HFEA is a non-departmental Government body that regulates and inspects all UK clinics providing IVF, donor insemination or the storage of eggs, sperm or embryos. It licenses and provides information on UK fertility clinics and centres carrying out in vitro fertilisation (IVF), other assisted conception procedures and human embryo research.