Full implementation of newborn blood spot failsafe system is great news for all babies born in England

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The Newborn Blood Spot Failsafe Solution (NBSFS) IT system, which flags up babies who may have missed screening, is now complete in all parts of England.  The NHS Newborn Blood Spot (NBS) Screening Programme uses a heel prick test to screen newborn babies for 9 rare but serious conditions. Babies who test positive can then be treated early, improving their health and, in some cases, preventing severe disability or even death.  For some time, the system has been able to identify babies who have had no NBS screening at all, but until now it couldn’t always track babies who needed a repeat test.

Link to Public Health England Blood Spot Screening Programme here



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