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Maternity

Antenatal and Newborn Screening

We offer a full Antenatal and Newborn screening service, in line with recommendations from the National Screening Committee.

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
Please see the following document from Public Health England :-

Screening poster

Antenatal scans

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.

A further scan is offered between 18 and 20+6 weeks to check the growth of your baby and that the anatomy is normal.

Newborn screening

An initial newborn physical examination should be completed before your baby is 72 hours old. If you are worried this has not been completed you can call 01225 821409.

The newborn bloodspot screen is ideally carried out when your baby is 5 days old. The test involved a small heel prick to draw a small sample of blood. Normally this will be completed at first attempt, but on rare occasions we might need to repeat the heel prick to ensure quality of sample. The bloodspot screens for Sickle cell disease, Cystic fibrosis, Congenital hypothyroidism and inherited metabolic diseases.

A newborn hearing screen is completed when your baby is 5 days of age along with the bloodspot screen. This is completed by screening champions on the ward or in the community.

Please see the following document from Public Health England :-

Screening poster

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding antenatal screening we are very happy for you to contact the Maternity Screening Department:

Antenatal scans: 01225 825414
Newborn screening: 01225 821409

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