Newborn bloodspot screening is when a small sample of blood is taken from the baby’s heel, on day five of the baby’s life. This blood sample is screened for rare but serious diseases that can cause serious illness or even death if not treated early. The screening test is carried out by a midwife and is part of routine postnatal care.
The aim is to offer all eligible babies screening for rare but serious diseases that would benefit from early intervention and reduce mortality and or morbidity from the disease.
In Wales all babies are offered screening for the following conditions:
Screening for all of the conditions is recommended by the UK National Screening Committee.