Dr Richard Sandford
Consultant Clinical Geneticist


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Dr Richard Sandford is an Honorary Consultant in Medical Genetics.

Special interests

Dr Sandford has a special interest in inherited renal and liver disease.

General clinics

Dr Sandford together with a genetic counsellor runs a monthly genetics clinic at Saffron Walden for patients from the North Hertfordshire and West Essex area. He sees patients (adults and children) referred by GPs and hospital specialists from all disciplines where a genetic diagnosis is suspected or where there is an established family history of a genetic disorder, including familial cancers.

Specialist clinics

Dr Sandford runs the Cambridge Renal Genetics Clinic with Professor Fiona Karet and has a particular interest in autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease.

The Cambridge renal genetics clinic

This clinic is run by a multidisciplinary team comprising genetics, nephrology, clinical biochemistry and urology. It is held in Clinic 33 at Addenbrooke’s Hospital each Tuesday afternoon. Genetics appointments are on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesdays. On referral patients are assigned to the relevant specialist for their first visit. Prior to the clinic appointment they may be sent a family history form to complete and return. The clinic is run to provide a diagnostic, screening and management service and to determine whether genetic testing may be appropriate. Patients may see one or more members of the team at their visit.

The von Hippel Lindau (VHL) screening clinic

This clinic receives referrals from the East of England region for individuals and families who are known to have or are suspected of having VHL. The clinic co-ordinates screening for the complications of this disease (retinal angiomas, phaeochromocytoma, renal cancer and CNS haemangioblastomas) and offers VHL gene testing. Patients are typically seen once a year and have blood tests and abdominal ultrasound scan and eye examination on the same visit. They should allow a whole day to attend, including travel. Several members of the same family often attend together. If complications are found then referral to an appropriate specialist either at Addenbrooke’s or at a local hospital is made.