Thanks to the generosity of our supporters and an amazing gift of £104,000 from Kusuma Trust UK, the Next Generation Genetics appeal has raised £240,000 to equip Royal Brompton Hospital’s Genetics and Genomics Lab with a brand-new Illumina NextSeq 2000 Sequencing System.

The certainty of a diagnosis

The Genetics and Genomics Lab tests the genes of patients, and their families, to see if they have a potentially life-threatening inherited heart or lung condition. Demand for the lab’s services has grown significantly in the last few years, and they needed a new sequencer to keep up.

This new sequencer, which is now installed and in use, will mean that the lab can test more samples, which will reduce waiting times. This will mean that more patients get the certainty of a diagnosis quicker and clinicians can decide on a course of treatment sooner. After a patient has been diagnosed, family members can also be tested to see if they have the same condition.

You made this possible

Purchasing this new sequencer was only possible thanks to all the wonderful donations from people like you, the supporters of Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals, as well as a hugely generous gift from Kusuma Trust UK.

Soma Pujari, Executive Trustee from Kusuma Trust UK, said: "At Kusuma Trust UK we understand that to deliver newer, better treatments needs constant updating of equipment. Royal Brompton Hospital’s Genetics and Genomic Lab is one of four in the country providing specialist genetic sequencing for cardiac patients and one of three for lung diseases. We are pleased to support the purchase of a genetic sequencer again after our first grant in 2016 to help them provide rapid accurate diagnosis for more patients."

Thank you for your incredible generosity. It means that more patients can be diagnosed and treated for potentially life-threatening heart and lung conditions.