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 6 screening programmes for you and your baby:

A diagram showing the timeline for antenatal and newborn screening


  • 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 “Screening Tests for You and Your Baby”


Follow this link to download the guide at Gov.UK





We also offer a non-invasive pre-natal test on request for which you are required to pay directly to the firm conducting the test. This may be performed in place of the NHS screening for Down’s Edward’s and Patau’s or in cases where a high probability result has been given. You can discuss this with either your Community Midwife or the Antenatal and Newborn Screening Coordinator at the hospital.

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