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Your clinic appointment

At your genetics clinic appointment you can expect that:

  • The details of your family medical history will be discussed
  • When appropriate, family members may have a clinical examination. If the patient referred is a child, they will usually be examined and measured. Sometimes blood samples may be taken
  • You may be asked if photographs can be taken, to keep in the family record as a memory aid
  • You will have a general discussion about possible diagnosis, risks for the future and the options that may be available to your family
  • On occasions there may be medical students, a genetic counsellor, or other doctors sitting in on clinics as part of their teaching programme

We usually allocate between 30 minutes to 1 hour for clinic appointments.