Now Available for the North Thames – The National Genomic Research Library hotline service

The National Genomic Research Library (NGRL) is a national research database owned by Genomics England which holds the genomic, health and sample data of patients who have undergone whole genome sequencing (WGS). All rare disease and cancer patients who are consented for WGS have the opportunity to share their anonymised data with this library.

This anonymised data is vital for advancing research, helping us to improve our understanding of human disease and develop treatments that can benefit patients with many conditions. More information about the NGRL can be found on the Genomics England website.

To improve the efficiency of the WGS/NGRL pathway and help patients and clinicians during the consent process, a hotline service for patients who need support to make a decision about the NGRL is being piloted.

The hotline is open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm and is overseen by members of the Genomic Research Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital. This team are available to consent WGS patients for the NGRL and answer questions they may have in relation to their participation. Please note, this team cannot complete clinical consent for WGS. All paperwork for WGS must be completed by the clinician.

If you are a clinician and would like to refer your patient to this service, please find more information here.

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