Antenatal Screening and Newborn Bloodspot Screening has continued to be offered to women who are pregnant and newborn babies throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some of our screening services were paused. All of the programmes in Wales have now started inviting people again.
You can travel out of your local area to attend your screening appointment, including during lockdown, as this is a medical appointment which is a ‘reasonable excuse’ to travel.
Taking part in screening is something you can do to look after you and your baby’s health.
Your midwife will talk to you about how screening will take place within your Health Board. They will explain what measures are in place to keep you and your baby safe.
Remember, to stop the spread of coronavirus do not attend for screening if you or your baby have symptoms of coronavirus, have tested positive, or have been advised to quarantine or self-isolate.
The symptoms of coronavirus are one or more of the following:
To find out more about the symptoms of coronavirus visit: https://gov.wales/self-isolation-stay-home-guidance-households-possible-coronavirus
It is really important that you tell your midwife if you will not be attending your appointment, for whatever reason.
We at Antenatal Screening Wales understand that being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic can be a worrying time and your health board is doing all it can to keep you safe.
The Welsh Government has issued guidance for hospital visiting during the coronavirus outbreak. There may be some differences in how things are organised in different parts of Wales because of how departments are set up, staffing levels or in periods of local/ national lockdowns .
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your local arrangements, you can contact your midwives on the numbers given to you early in your pregnancy.