Antenatal Screening Wales, Newborn Bloodspot Screening and the Newborn Hearing Screening programmes have continued during the Coronavirus pandemic as these all have a short window of time for prompt identification and treatment. We will try our best to continue although this is dependent on our staffing levels and those of our colleagues in the health boards.
Newborn Hearing Screening Wales are continuing to screen both in hospital and in community clinics, although we do currently have limited clinic venue availability.
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.
It is really important that you tell your midwife 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 COVID-19 vaccination and pregnancy visit: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/immunisation-and-vaccines/covid-19-vaccination-information/patient-information/covid-19-vaccination-and-pregnancy/
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.