Genetic test to prevent child deafening being implemented in England

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May 2022

A new test called Genedrive System to detect babies at risk of gentamycin-related deafness was developed at the University of Manchester, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). On April 02, 2022, NHS England and NHS Improvement announced that Genedrive is now fully CE certified to be used in a clinical setting.

The test takes 25 minutes to identify whether a critically ill baby admitted to intensive care has a gene that could result in permanent hearing loss if they are treated with a common emergency antibiotic (gentamycin). The cost of the test is £80 per child.

The test is expected to be implemented in routine care in all NHS Manchester Foundation Trust hospitals within several weeks.

Following the ground-breaking study, the NHS Genomic Medicine Service Alliance and the NHS will explore how this technology can be launched as part of a clinical service through the NHS Genomic Medicine Service.

See the full details here.

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