Our Genetics service was the brainchild of the great geneticist Professor John Hilton Edwards whose work gained global impact in the 1960s when he described Edward's Syndrome, the most common condition caused by having an extra chromosome, after Down’s Syndrome.

Our Genetics service continues to be at the heart of genetic research and patient care, transforming diagnosis and treatment for patients with cancer and rare diseases and is also one of the collaborative 100,000 Genomes Project centres.

Genetics is important because around one in 20 people under the age of 25 develops a disease with an important genetic component.

Clinical Genetics contact details

0121 335 8024,

For inherited cancer queries only please call us on 0121 607 4757.

The West Midlands Regional Genetics Service

Based at our Women’s hospital, the West Midlands Regional Genetics Service provides a local service at regional clinics throughout the West Midlands. The service offers support to individuals and families undergoing the investigation of a genetic condition by providing diagnostic expertise, information, genetic counselling, management and on-going support.

This service is provided in conjunction with our genetic laboratories here at the Women’s hospital which are the largest laboratories of their kind in Europe and many of its tests are accredited by the UK Accreditation Service.

Find out more about the West Midlands Regional Genetics Service laboratory or contact them on, 0121 335 8036.