Ruislip Residents' Association

North Thames NHS Genomic Medicine Centre

The official launch of this project was at Northwick Park Hospital on 8th September 2015.  The North Thames NHS Genomic Medicine Centre is a partnership between six regional NHS Trusts working together.  Led by Great Ormond Street children’s hospital, it is supported by North West London Healthcare NHS Trust, Moorfields Eye Hospital, Royal Free Hospital, UCLH and Barts Healthcare.

As part of the 100,000 Genomes Project, the partnership will recruit patients with a range of rare diseases and some common cancers.   Patients’ genomes will be analysed for trends, in order to make a genetic diagnosis.  The aim is to create a new genomic medicine service for patients, transforming the way people are cared for.  The tests will be done through blood samples.

Britain will have the biggest Genomes Centre in the world;  a big undertaking with a specially constructed building in Cambridge.  he funding comes from the Government; David Cameron agreed 3 years ago to give a huge sum towards it.

It will be a big step forward to more personalised treatment, helping to avoid patients being undiagnosed for long periods of time and/or being treated with a variety of non-successful drugs

Published in London Issues on 06 October 2015.
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