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Genetic counsellor's point of view

Hear Emily Dixon, Genetic Counsellor, talk about making good referrals to clinical genetics teams and involving patients in their decisions

In this video, course educator Emily talks about making a referral to the clinical genetics team and the importance of involving patients in these decisions.

She explains about always having the patients’ best interest first and knowing why you are referring so that you do not delay the process. It is always important that the referral is discussed with the patient and they should be involved in this decision.

The three top tips for making a referral are:

  • Make it concise
  • Detailed
  • Relevant

This makes the process as smooth as possible. However, not all diseases or conditions are testable.


It is always helpful to know if your local genetics service has a referral form and pathway for prenatal cases. If there isn’t a form, perhaps consider designing one with your team to help you with making your referrals.

If you do not work in healthcare why don’t you have a look and see if there is any national guidance on who should be referred to a genetics team pre and during pregnancy and share what you have found with your learner colleagues?

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Genetic Inheritance for the Pregnancy Pathway: A Practical Guide for Clinicians

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