How the process works
This diagram guides you through the newborn metabolic screening process.
In this section
The blood sample is taken by using a lancet to make a tiny incision in the baby’s heel.
Your Lead Maternity Carer will discuss your baby's test results with you.
Blood for the newborn metabolic screening test is collected on a blood spot card, sometimes known as a 'Guthrie' card
Page last updated: 05 December 2021