News archive - June 2012
29 June 2012
New 'frequently asked questions' page for professionals
This new page brings together answers to common queries about the blood spot programme.
28 June 2012
New resource: table of conditions screened for in the UK
The Programme Centre has issued an up-to-date table of conditions that are screened for in the UK. The table also gives the date when full implementation for each condition was completed.
21 June 2012
New blood spot sampling film available
The UK Newborn Screening Programme Centre has produced a short film to support midwives and other sample takers in obtaining good quality newborn blood spot samples. It is available to watch in full and as four separate clips (and also available on YouTube).
21 June 2012
Metabolic Disease Awareness Week 2012
Newborn blood spot screening identifies babies who may have rare but serious conditions - including metabolic diseases. The vast majority of babies screened will not have any of the conditions but, for the small number that do, the benefits of screening are enormous. With early intervention, babies detected through screening can grow to develop normally and live healthy lives.
To read more about metabolic diseases you can visit our colleagues website - Climb, the National Information Centre for Metabolic Diseases - www.climb.org.uk.
11 June 2012
New publication: Procedures for NBS screening of babies under a year, where results are not available
Procedures for newborn blood spot screening of babies under a year of age, for whom screening results are not available have been published. The document, available on the blood spot sampling page, covers the procedures and advice to parents. If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to contact the Programme Centre.