Extended Newborn Screening
Each year, over 7.9 million babies are born with genetic defects; most of these babies will appear perfectly healthy at birth and come from families with no history of the disorder. Many affected babies are not identified until the appearance of severe and often irreversible symptoms.
In Wales, the current NHS Newborn Screening Programme screens all Welsh newborn babies (approximately 37,000 per year) using dried blood spots, collected between 5-8 days of age, for 9 common inherited disorders.
We offer two options for extended newborn screening:
- The NOVA™ Newborn Screening Panel is based on a blood spot from a heel prick and accurately identifies 50 common inherited disorders.
- The BABYGENES™ Newborn Screening Panel is based on a cheek swab and accurately identifies 72 common inherited disorders.
Early detection and identification could prevent possible future health problems and enables all children to reach their full potential.