Eastern AHSN backs new initiatives that will see patients receive genetic tests

Two new projects are set to accelerate implementation of genomic services across primary care in England.

[London, UK] The Eastern Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is backing two new projects that will see GPs offer genetic tests to NHS patients.

Through the AHSN’s partnership with the East of England Genomic Medicine Centre, the initiatives will help accelerate implementation of genomic services across primary care in England.

The projects were selected through the Primary Care Accelerator, which is now in its second year.

The AHSN will work with GPs in Huntingdon and Cambridgeshire to improve prescribing for anti-depressants and develop tests for Familial Hypercholesterolemia.

Led by Dr Alina Roser, GP in the Huntingdon area, the project is set to go live with patient testing and new pathways at the beginning of April.

The other scheme will see the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) work with the AHSN to support children with uncontrolled asthma through genetic testing.  

Andrew Ormston, Consultant Project Manager at the Eastern AHSN, said both projects are currently in the early stages:

“We’re looking forward to sharing their experiences and learning to encourage innovation in primary care,” Ormston added.

Towards the end of February, the 100,000 Genomes Project, through which 100,000 genomes from 70,000 people with rare diseases, their families and patients with cancer are being sequenced, reached its halfway mark.

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