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This area contains resources to support health professionals involved in newborn blood spot screening, including publications, supporting documents, education and training materials, FAQs, and information on the programme's current projects and quality initiatives.

If you would like to order printed resources please complete an order form.


Accessing screening results

Please note that the programme office and screening helpdesk do not have access to newborn blood spot screening results. If you are a health professional and have a query about a baby's results please contact the screening laboratory or the local child health records department.


Conditions screened for in the UK

All babies in England are offered screening for sickle cell disease (SCD), cystic fibrosis (CF), congenital hypothyroidism (CHT), phenylketonuria (PKU) and medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency (MCADD) and an additional four inherited metabolic diseases (IMDs) is being rolled out:

  • maple syrup urine disease (MSUD)
  • isovaleric acidaemia (IVA)
  • glutaric aciduria type 1 (GA1)
  • homocystinuria (pyridoxine unresponsive) (HCU)

Some areas of the country were part of a pilot and are already screening for the conditions. The other areas will begin screening in early 2015. Wales will also begin screening in early 2015. The other UK countries are yet to announce whether they will introduce screening for these conditions.


Ordering resources

If you would like to order free copies of either the 'Guidelines for Newborn Blood Spot Sampling' (A4 and A5 versions) or the 'Once is enough' leaflet, please call 0191 496 9735 or email

If you would like to order any other leaflets (including the CF suspected/carrier leaflets) please complete and send an order form to the screening helpdesk who will forward your request to a member of the programme team.

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