How the process works

This interactive diagram guides you through the newborn metabolic screening process.
It outlines:
  1. That screening is optional.
  2. Storing the blood spot samples taken during the screening is also optional.
  3. Laboratory results are sent to your LMC (Lead Maternity Carer) or your GP
  4. If a result is positive, another sample is taken and/or your baby is referred for additional diagnostic testing.
  5. Once screening is finished, leftover bloodspots are either stored or sent back as arranged.
It 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: 13 November 2014