How the process works

This diagram guides you through the newborn metabolic screening process.

This flowchart outlines that screening is optional; storing the blood spot samples taken during the screening is also optional; laboratory results are sent to your LMC (Lead Maternity Carer) or your GP; if a result is positive, another sample is taken and/or your baby is referred for additional diagnostic testing; once screening is finished, leftover bloodspots are either stored or sent back as arranged.

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Page last updated: 05 December 2021