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The largest NHS-based centre to identify genetic causes of heart disease has welcomed its 10,000th patient. Founded by Oxford University and NHS staff, the Oxford Medical Genetics Laboratory at the Churchill Hospital began its cardiac genetic testing service in 2003 and was the first accredited NHS diagnostic genetic testing service for inherited cardiac conditions (ICC) in the UK.

The Churchill Hospital © Steve Daniels [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The service was developed in partnership with Professor Hugh Watkins from the University of Oxford and the Oxford ICC clinical team and today is a national and international service that has been at the forefront of developing and implementing faster, cheaper, more reliable and efficient genetic tests for the benefit of NHS patients in the UK.

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