Antenatal and Newborn Screening

Screening tests are used to identify people at risk of a health problem therefore enabling them to potentially access effective treatment or make informed decisions about their health or that of the unborn baby.

Screening tests are not perfect and in some cases you may be told there is a potential high probability of a condition when in fact this is not the case.

We offer six screening programmes for you and your baby:



  • Infectious disease screening
  • Sickle cell and thalassaemia
  • Fetal Anomaly Screening, which includes Down’s Edward’s and Patau’s screening, following your dating scan. Your mid-pregnancy scan is usually performed between 18 weeks and 20 weeks and 6 days gestation.
  • Newborn hearing screen
  • Physical examination of your baby within 72 hours of birth, which includes 4 specific tests, the eyes, heart, hips and for boys their testes.
  • Newborn bloodspot testing for 9 rare conditions performed on day 5 following delivery.

These are all explained more fully in the booklet from Gov.UK  “Screening Tests for You and Your Baby”

If any of your screening tests require further investigation you will be contacted by the Screening Coordinator to discuss these further.

This document explains the antenatal pathway for women deemed of higher risk in pregnancy