Yorkshire Regional Genetic Service

  • The Regional Inherited Cardiovascular Conditions 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.

  • Aims of the service

    The service provides information, risk assessments 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.

  • 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 Anshu Sengupta – Consultant Cardiologist
    • Dr Elspeth Brown – Consultant Paediatric Consultant
    • Dr Katrina Prescott – Consultant Geneticist
    • Dr Rosalyn Jewell – Consultant Geneticist
    • Jude Edhouse – Genetics Counsellor
    • Jayne Slack – Senior Counsellor
    • Annabel Nixon & Clare Taylor- Clinical Nurse Specialists
    • Jan Forster & Gemma Bassindale – Specialist Echocardiographer

    We also have a number of “Supporting Services” who we work closely with:
    • Dr Lisa Barker – Consultant Pathologist
    • Dr Waz Baig – Consultant Cardiologist
    • Dr Rob Sapsford – Consultant Cardiologist
    • Dr D Hares, Consultant Paediatric Consultant with expertise in arrhythmia

  • 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.

  • Contact us

    Consultant Cardiologists

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

    • Dr Elspeth Brown Consultant Paediatric Cardiologist

    Tel Secretary 0113 3925738

    • Dr Page, Dr Simms, Dr Sengupta Consultant Cardiologists

    Tel 0113 3926619

    • Dr Jewell, Dr Harthill Consultant Geneticist

    Tel Secretary 0113 3924563

    • Kath Ashcroft ICC Co-ordinator, Genetic counsellor

    Tel: 0113 3924436 sec 0113 3924456

    Judith Edhouse Genetic Counsellor

    0113 3924407

    Jayne Slack Senior Counsellor

    0113 2065897

    ICC nurse specialists

    Annabel Nixon
    Clare Taylor
    Tel: 07584184602