Getting advice about having a family

Examples of Support

Family planning advice

Advice on whether prenatal testing is right for you

Help & support when pregnant ( e.g. prenatal direct mutation & exclusion testing )

Help & support when thinking about starting a family ( e.g. Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, IVF )


Key Services and People

Clinical Genetics

Local Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis ( PGD ) service

Neuropsychology 01236 712 564 )

HD Clinic ( HD Clinical Lead, HD Specialists, Specialist Youth Advisor, Financial Wellbeing Officer )


HD Buzz

Social Work  ( North LanarkshireSouth Lanarkshire )

Special Needs Midwifery Service

Sexual Health Services

Menopause Service

Integrated Multi Agency Arrangements, Referral Pathways and Resources

All referrals to local Dept. of Clinical Genetics . These can be made by GP, HD Specialist, HD Clinical Lead, Psychiatry, Specialist Youth Advisors and directly by clients.

SCI Gateway should clearly identify HD Specialists as main point of contact for information and advice about HD.

Based on individual need clients may be seen by a number of members of the genetics team. This may include Consultant Geneticist, Genetic Counsellors, Genetic Psychologist ( where available ), HD Specialist and Specialist Youth Advisor.


The International Protocol for Testing should be followed unless a clinical decision has been made to follow a local alternative.

All appointments should meet the treatment time guarantee and referral standards of individual services used.

Whoever is designated as lead professional should take responsibility for coordinating the support each client requires throughout


People living with the genetic risk of HD and their families have easy access to accurate and understandable information, receive emotional and practical support and feel supported through all family planning outcomes.

National Care Framework for Huntington's Disease