The Genetics Program is located on the fourth floor of the Medical Centre in Suite 402 (the same office as the Maternity Centre).
If you have a question about genetic screening or testing, talk to your health care provider. They can make a referral to the Genetics Program if needed. For more information about the Genetics Program, call (807) 684-7320 or email email@example.com
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The Genetics Program at the Health Sciences Centre offers:
Genetic counselling is a health care service which provides information to families and individuals who are affected by or at-risk for inherited and/or genetic conditions.
If you are a health care provider and wish to make a referral for one of your patients, you can download the fillable referral form to your EMR or print the form and fax it to us at 807-684-5823.
Referrals can be made through your health care provider. Once a referral is received, a family history questionnaire will be mailed to you. Once we receive the completed form, you will be contacted by the program for an appointment. Instead of completing a hard copy of the form, you can also fill in the form below that applies to you and fax it to (807) 684-5823.
Geneticists, genetic counsellors and genetics nurses are part of a team of health care professionals who provide genetic services. Geneticists are medical doctors who have special training in the area of genetic conditions. A genetic counsellor has post graduate training in genetic counseling. A genetics nurse is a nurse with extra training in genetics. Together, they can provide information about genetic conditions and explain how they are passed from one generation to another.
Depending on the nature of the referral, patients will see either a genetic counsellor, genetics nurse or a geneticist. Appointments with a genetic counsellor or genetics nurse are available any time throughout the year. The geneticist holds genetics clinics four to five times per year. However, if a referral is urgent, patients can see a geneticist through telemedicine videoconference.
Some reasons for a genetics referral include:
Family history and/or a personal history of a potentially genetic adult onset condition (e.g. Huntington Disease, Polycystic Kidney Disease, Hereditary Cardiomyopathy, Muscular Dystrophies).
Recent scientific advancements have prompted an increase in interest in the area of hereditary cancers such as breast, ovarian, and colon cancers. Familial cancers make up only 5-10% of all cancers. Other cancers may also have a genetic connection, and a referral to the Genetics Program may be helpful to understand the risk to you and your family members and also to look into possible testing options for family members.
The genetic counsellor, genetics nurse and visiting geneticist provide information and counselling to those at risk. In collaboration with the Regional Cancer Care Northwest, a consultation with an oncologist is also available as needed.
Genetic services are offered free of charge to those who have a valid OHIP card and meet our referral guidelines.