The newborn metabolic screening process

  • Talk to your lead maternity carer
  • Do you agree to having your baby screened?
    • If not, your decline will be recorded
    • If you do, the screening process will proceed
  • Do you agree to the storage of the leftover blood or want it returned to you?
  • The blood sample will be collected
  • The laboratory tests the blood sample
  • The results will be sent to your LMC:
    • If the lab reports this was an unsuitable sample, another sample will be taken for testing
    • If there is a negative result, no further action is necessary
    • If there is a positive result, another sample will be taken and/or you will be referred to diagnostic testing
  • Once screening is finished, leftover blood spots will either be stored or returned