Yorkshire Regional Genetic Service


    The Inherited Cardiac Conditions service is based at the Yorkshire Heart Centre and the Regional Genetics Centre in Leeds. It is a specialised genetic and cardiac service covering the Yorkshire region and run by a dedicated multidisciplinary team.


    Are to provide information, risk assessment and appropriate screening for individuals and

    Families who are suffering from or at risk of an inherited cardiac condition when there:

    Has been a sudden, unexplained cardiac death in a young person.

    Has been a sudden arrhythmic death.

    Is a family history of Cardiomyopathy.

    Is a family history of cardiac arrhythmias e.g. Long QT, Wolfe Parkinson White (WPW),

    Brugada syndrome.

    Are a few members of the family who have had pacemakers fitted.

    Is a family history of connective tissue disorders e.g. Marfans, Ehlers- Danlos.

    Is a family history of chromosomal cardiac conditions.

    Is a family history of congenital heart defects.

    Referral to the service can be made by GP, hospital Consultant or health care professional.

    If you are unsure if a referral is appropriate or would like more information and advice please contact the service Coordinator.

  • We have a “Core Team” which consists of:

    Kath Ashcroft – Service coordinator and Genetics Counsellor
    Dr Stephen Page – Cardiologist Cardiologist & Electrophysiologist
    Dr Alex Simms – Consultant Cardiologist
    Dr Elspeth Brown – Consultant Paediatric Consultant
    Dr Helen Michael – Consultant Paediatric Consultant
    Dr Christ Bennett – Consultant Geneticist
    Dr Jennifer Thompson – Consultant Geneticist
    Dr Katrina Prescott – Consultant Geneticist
    Jude Edhouse – Genetics Counsellor
    Jayne Slack – Senior Counsellor
    Annabel Nixon – Clinical Nurse Specialist
    Jan Forster – Specialist Echocardiographer

    We also have a number of “Supporting Services” that we work closely with:

    Dr Lisa Barker – Consultant Pathologist
    Dr Waz Baig – Consultant Cardiologist
    Dr Rob Sapsford – Consultant Cardiologist
    Echocardiogram/ECG Technicians

  • Referral

    There are several ways in which patients are referred to the Inherited Cardiac Conditions Service:

    Self referral – patients are now entitled to contact us directly to request an appointment if they have, or are at risk of having an inherited cardiac condition. We will then contact their GP to get a formal referral.

    GP referral – any patient with, or at risk of having an inherited cardiac condition who isn’t already being seen should be referred.

    Hospital referrals – any patient who has a suspected or confirmed diagnosis can be referred. Reasons for referral might include diagnostic confirmation, exclusion of phenocopies (conditions that mimic a genetic condition), genetic testing, risk stratification, management advice, long term follow up, family screening.

  • How to contact us

    Consultant Cardiologists

    The Yorkshire Heart Centre
    Jubilee Building,
    Leeds General Infirmary
    Great George Street
    LS1 3EX

    Dr Elspeth Brown, Dr Helen Michael

    Consultant Paediatric Cardiologists

    Tel Secretary 0113 3925738

    Dr Stephen Page and Dr Alex Simms

    Consultant Cardiologists
    Tel 0113 3926619

    Dr C Bennett, Dr J Thomson, Dr K Prescott

    Consultant Geneticists
    Dept Clinical Genetics, Level 3
    Chapel Allerton Hospital
    Leeds LS7 4SA
    Tel secretary 0113 3924563

    Kath Ashcroft ICC Co-ordinator, Genetic counsellor

    Tel: 0113 3924436 sect 0113 3924573
    Supported by the BHF

    Judith Edhouse Genetic Counsellor

    0113 3924407

    Jayne Slack Senior Counsellor

    0113 2065897
    E-mail: jayne.slack@
    Supported by BHF

    Annabel Nixon ICC nurse specialist

    Tel 07584184602