If you have been offered whole genome sequencing (WGS) as the best test for you, or a family member, your clinician will explain the process in detail and will give you the relevant information. The documents below may be useful.
National patient information has been produced to give you more information on Whole Genome Sequencing. You may also find some of the Questions and Answers we've developed useful.
Patient information - rare disease whole genome sequencing
Patient information - cancer whole genome sequencing
Genomic research and why it's important
If a person is unable to make a decision themselves whether they want their data and samples to be used in research following a WGS test, a relative, friend or advocate may be asked by the healthcare professional to complete a Consultee Declaration. Those aged between 6 and 15 years of age will also be given some specific information by their clinician.