There are many types of hereditary health disorders and associated conditions which can be passed onto the next generation via irregular genetic code without the recipient’s knowledge.
Advances in genetics and genomics have a greater influence over the selection of health treatments than ever before.
The Precision Medicine Centers at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital and Samitivej Srinakarin Hospital now provide consultations and use modern screening techniques in accordance with the principles of precision medicine. These services involve genetic analysis through next generation sequencing (NGS), designed to identify and rate genes according to irregularities. It is a highly accurate process that offers results in only 1–2 months. These results are then interpreted for patients by specialists in the fields of genetics and genomics.
The clinical genetics service at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital’s Precision Medicine Center has been established to provide medical services and bring technological advances in the field of genetics to the forefront when diagnosing, treating, and preventing disease. All of this is undertaken according to international standards of care and ethics. The following groups are suited to our clinical genetics service:
The clinical genetics service is a result of cooperation between specialists from several fields of medicine led by experts in genetics and genomics. Patients and other service users are offered care across a range of areas, including diagnosis of internal and external symptoms, special laboratory and X-ray screening techniques, and highly specific genetic sequencing screening used to diagnose disorders at the DNA level. Another vital aspect of the service is genetic counseling, which involves doctors consulting patients regarding key information surrounding their condition and offering detailed advice on how it could be treated. Genetic counseling is a comprehensive service that extends to the screening and care of all relevant members of the same family.
Once an appointment has been made, a nurse or staff member will contact the patient to inquire into their medical history, to develop a clear understanding of the past three generations of the patient’s family. This information can play an important role in the diagnostic process. Patients may also be asked to bring information from past hospital visits to their appointment, such as referral forms, copies of medical records, blood test results, and X-ray scans. On the day of their appointment, as many of the patient’s relevant family members as possible are advised to accompany them. Once they arrive, patients will be asked by a staff member to provide a summary of their medical history, usually taking around 15 minutes to prepare the documentation. Patients will then consult with a doctor for at least 30 minutes (for less complicated issues), or 45-60 minutes for more complex concerns. Should there be a need to carry out any special gene and chromosome screening, the doctor will provide a clear, detailed explanation of the process, including interpreting the results and explaining how they will be used for the future benefit of the patient. In cases requiring extra screening from doctors in other departments, the nursing staff will do everything they can to reduce the inconvenience caused to patients and their families.
About the medical team providing clinical genetics services
Assoc. Prof. Objoon Trachoo, M.D is in charge of the clinical genetics service at the Precision Medicine Center. He graduated with a first-class honors degree in medicine from the Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, before going onto receive a Diploma from the Thai Board of Internal Medicine. He added to his credentials by earning a Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. He followed that achievement with the receipt of a European Diploma in Medical Genetics and Genomics certified by the European Union of Medical Specialists, Section of Medical Genetics, which qualifies him to provide diagnosis and treatment in the field of genetics. Additionally, Dr. Objoon has been accepted into the United Kingdom’s Fellowship Institute of Biomedical Science—the highest honor bestowed by the scientists who make up the board—in recognition of his achievements in the field of biomedical laboratory analysis. Dr. Objoon has undertaken several internationally recognized research projects, focusing on neurological development disorders, hereditary heart diseases, detection of rare genetic conditions, and identification of genetic abnormalities in embryonic cells.
The Precision Medicine Center at Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital is pleased to receive all patients and service users who wish to undergo genetic screening. This includes those who may have been transferred from governmental and corporate facilities throughout Thailand and the Asian Pacific region at the individual’s request or upon the recommendation of the medical team in charge of their care. For more information, please contact the Life Center, 3rd floor, building 2, Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital, by calling 02-02202750, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org