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Newborn Screening

We offer screening tests for your baby soon after they are born.

Screening tests are used to find babies with a higher chance of a health problem. This means they can be given appropriate treatment as quickly as possible if needed.

Screening tests are not perfect. Some people will be told that their baby has a high chance of having a health problem when in fact they do not have the problem. Also, a few people will be told their baby has a low chance of having a health problem when in fact they do have the problem.

screening test can find out if your baby has a high or low chance of having a health problem. But it cannot usually tell you for certain, so babies found to have a high chance of a health problem will often be offered a further test.

This is called a diagnostic test and gives a more definite 'yes' or 'no' answer.

We offer the following tests for your newborn baby:

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