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Antenatal and Newborn Screening

We offer a full Antenatal and Newborn screening service, in line with recommendations from the National Screening Committee. These are described in the booklet ‘Screening tests for you and your baby’ which you will receive from your midwife.

It is important to see your midwife early in pregnancy, she will offer you blood tests for :

  • Sickle Cell Disease and Thalassaemia - inherited genetic conditions
  • Infectious Diseases – Syphilis, Hepatitis B and HIV. Early detection helps treat mum and prevent transmission to the baby.

All women are offered a scan at around 12 weeks to accurately date the pregnancy.  You may choose to have First Trimester screening for three chromosomal conditions, Down’s , Edwards’ and Patau’s Syndromes at the time of the dating scan.

Should your pregnancy be more advanced than 14 +1 weeks but less than 20 weeks and you are unable to have this screen, you will be offered a Quadruple test for Down’s Syndrome.

We also offer the IONA® test– a non-invasive prenatal testing - on a private basis.

A further scan is offered between 18 and 20+6 weeks to check the growth of your baby and that the anatomy is normal.
Within 72 hours of birth all parents are offered a thorough physical examination of their baby.

All babies in England are offered screening for Sickle cell disease, Cystic fibrosis, Congenital hypothyroidism and inherited metabolic diseases. This is by Newborn Bloodspot at 5-7 days old.

If you have any questions regarding screening we are very happy for you to contact the Maternity Screening Department on 01225 825414
or email:

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