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The Porcupine Health Unit has suspended genetic services. All referrals should be sent to Sudbury Genetic Counselling Services. 

 Genetic assessment is offered for individuals or families:

Speak to your doctor or nurse practitioner about a referral to our program.

We do not offer paternity testing or fertility testing at our clinic.

For these tests, we recommend that you speak to your health care provider or see the following website:


What is genetic counselling?

Genetic counselling will help you understand medical facts about:

  • how a condition is passed down in a family
  • the genetic condition in your family that you are worried about
  • your risk of inheriting a family condition
  • family history of cancer
  • problems having a baby
  • risk to your baby
  • your options

What's the process?

You must be referred by a doctor or a nurse practitioner.

  • A genetic counsellor will work with you to prepare your information.
  • Counselling will be provided either by a geneticist, a counsellor or both.
  • The counsellor will follow up with you.

What's the difference between a genetic counsellor and a geneticist?

The genetic counsellor is a nurse and will be the first person you meet. Together, you and the counsellor will review your family history and collect medical information. The genetic counsellor is available to answer your questions and provide support throughout the process.

The geneticist is a medical specialist who will review your information, perform a physical examination if necessary, order appropriate tests in order to provide you with a diagnosis, if possible, and discuss your options.

What else should I know?

Our services are completely confidential. No information is obtained or provided without your consent.

Clinics are held in Timmins four times every year.