Carrier testing for Jewish genetic disorders other than Tay-Sachs is only available on the NHS to people that have a clear family history of a particular disorder.
If you do have a family history, your GP can refer you to a Regional Genetics Service for disorder-specific carrier testing where appropriate.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital currently offer a self-funded (private) service that provides carrier testing for 9 recessive disorders relevant to people of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. The test is available from their existing Tay-Sachs clinic and is offered in parallel with the NHS funded Tay-Sachs test. Details about this service can be found in the Guy’s carrier testing service section.
Barnet General Hospital also offers carrier testing for 9 recessive disorders via their Tay-Sachs clinic on a Thursday morning between 9am and 10:30am. The service is by appointment only and can be booked online by clicking the link above.
Dor Yeshorim is an organisation that offers a subsidised screening system for recessive Jewish disorders to ultra-orthodox Jews that are interested in having a ‘shidduch’ (arranged marriage). Screening results are not given to participants but an anonymous PIN system can be used to assess genetic compatibility with a potential partners.
Other private service providers that offer carrier testing in the UK for a range of Jewish genetic disorders are outlined below.
These private services are usually available directly to the public and vary in terms of the disorders that they cover, services they include, cost, and the extent to which the laboratories are regulated.
For details of each service, click on the relevant link. Please note that inclusion of the private services below by Jnetics does not represent an endorsement of their services.