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FOI 2023 196 - Lead Exposure in children surveillence


Information Requested:

What surveillance monitoring of any is undertaken in Wales to assess Lead Exposure in Children? 

If this is undertaken please supply the latest Annual Report? 

If surveillance is not carried out in Wales when was this last discussed and what are the reasons it is not carried out? 


Information provided for the answer:

Thank you for your request dated 29th November 2023.  


There is no routine screening of healthy children for lead exposure in Wales. This is consistent with the rest of the UK and with the view of the UK National Screening Committee 


Routine screening would produce surveillance data. 


In Public Health Wales, we do carry out surveillance on the results of children's blood lead tests that have been requested by health professionals for their patients. However, we do not have an Annual Report summarising these data. 


Please note this information is for information held by Public Health Wales only. Public Health Wales is the public health service for Wales and as such is an independent NHS Trust. Therefore, do not have access to this information. As an organisation we have no jurisdiction over the activities of Health Boards or other NHS Wales organisations and frequently do not have access to the data that they produce.   


I have provided contact details for each Health Board below, you would need to contact them individually for any information they may hold in relation to this.  


Aneurin Bevan University Health Board  


Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board 


Cardiff and Vale University Health Board   


Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board 


Swansea Bay University Health Board  


Hywel Dda University Health Board  


Powys Teaching Health Board 


If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of the decision, you should write to the Corporate Complaints Manager, Public Health Wales NHS Trust, 3, Number 2, Capital Quarter, Tyndall Street, Cardiff, CF10 4BZ.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint or review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Trust. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner for Wales
2nd Floor
Churchill House
Churchill Way
CF10 2HH

Telephone: 029 2067 8400