NHS England has commissioned the NHS Genomic Medicine Service (GMS) with the aim of providing consistent and equitable access to genomic testing. All existing genetic testing in England has been incorporated into the GMS. The service will provide genetic testing for patients with rare and inherited disease and for patients with cancer.
The GMS is being delivered through a national testing network, consolidating and building on existing laboratory services, providing testing, interpretation and reporting services. Regional Genetics Laboratories in England have been grouped into seven Genomic Laboratory Hubs (GLHs) each responsible for coordinating services for a particular part of the country. The national GLH network will improve patient access for genetic testing and support the development of more personalised healthcare.
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