The NHS Peninsula Clinical Genetics service for Plymouth is the most recent organisation making the move to Plymouth Science Park. Part of the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, the Genetics service covers Devon and Cornwall and provides medical genetics assessment and support to a population of around 1.7 million people.
They support patients from all hospital departments, including cancer, neurology and paediatrics. The Plymouth satellite team that is moving to Plymouth Science Park consists of a team of genetic counsellors and support staff.
Gene People UK estimates that there are more than 6,000 diagnosed genetic conditions in the UK, with new conditions being identified daily. There are thought to be more than 2.4 million adults and children living with a genetic condition in the UK. The NHS Peninsula Clinical Genetics service offers genetic counselling to help people understand both the medical and psychological implications of genetic conditions, as well as adapt to them. They also offer genetic testing, and are involved in the diagnosis of genetic conditions.
Dr Matilda Bradford, Principal Genetic Counsellor for the NHS Peninsula Clinical Genetics service for Plymouth, said: “We are really excited to be moving to Plymouth Science Park. Our new facilities at the Park will give us dedicated space to deliver the virtual clinics that have become such a helpful resource during the pandemic restrictions, enabling us to offer much more flexible, patient-centred care.”
Dr Fay Davies, Business Development Manager at Plymouth Science Park, said: “To have the NHS Peninsula Clinical Genetics service for Plymouth moving into the Park and joining our community of health professionals is wonderful news. The Clinical Genetics service adapted quickly to the pandemic to make their services optimal for families and patients despite the challenges presented over the last 5 months. We are looking forward to supporting them as they continue to deliver virtual clinics to patients, and as they contribute their expertise to the Park’s expanding medical community.”
To find out more about University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust – Genetics, visit: https://www.rdehospital.nhs.uk/services/genetics/peninsula-clinical-genetics/#
To find out more about Plymouth Science Park, visit: https://plymouthsciencepark.com