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Infectious diseases in pregnancy screening standard – updated

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Public Health England has updated Infectious diseases in pregnancy screening standards.  These revised national standards for the NHS infectious diseases in pregnancy standards programme (IDPS).  The IDPS supports health professionals and commissioners in providing a high quality screening programme.

Full details available from Public Health England here


Do easy guides to screening meet the needs of pregnant women who have learning disabilities?

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Do you work with women with learning disabilities? Can you help PHE with their online survey? Publishing easy guides is one way PHE aims to reduce inequalities, by allowing everybody to get the information they need to make informed decisions about screening.

With support from PHE Screening, NHS England is beginning an evaluation of how information on antenatal and newborn screening is provided to women with learning disabilities in London. They would like feedback on the ‘Screening tests for you and your baby: easy guides’ from anyone involved in the antenatal and newborn screening pathway. Please complete the short survey which closes on 1 March 2018.

More information and the survey link is available here

Maternity services monthly statistics March 2017, experimental statistics

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This is a report on NHS-funded maternity services in England for March 2017, using data submitted to the Maternity Services Data Set (MSDS). The MSDS has been developed to help achieve better outcomes of care for mothers, babies and children. The MSDS is a patient-level ‘secondary uses’ data set that re-uses clinical and operational data for purposes other than direct patient care, such as commissioning, clinical audit. It captures key information at each stage of the maternity service care pathway in NHS-funded maternity services, such as those provided by GP practices and hospitals. The data collected include mother’s demographics, booking appointments, admissions and re-admissions, screening tests, labour and delivery along with baby’s demographics, diagnoses and screening tests.

Read the statistics here 

Hepatitis B in pregnant women

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On World Hepatitis Day, in their PHE screening blog, Public Health England took the opportunity to highlight the work of the NHS Infectious Diseases in Pregnancy Screening (IDPS) Programme on hepatitis B. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) recommends hepatitis B screening for all pregnant women in the UK. This is so that interventions can be implemented to reduce the risk of transmission of infection to the babies of infected women. In England, around 0.4% of pregnant women have hepatitis B.

To view the PHE blog click here

Screening pregnant women for GBS not recommended

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Following a further comprehensive review of the evidence, the UK National Screening Committee has not recommended a national screening programme for GBS in pregnancy.

Screening tests and early pregnancy scanning leaflets updated

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Public Health England has updated and rebranded its leaflets on screening tests and pregnancy scans. Screening tests for you and your baby: gives information on the screening tests offered during pregnancy and after the baby is born, and is available in a variety of languages.

Information about the first trimester scan sets out early pregnancy ultrasound scan information which has been updated with rebranded artwork.

Download Screening tests for you and your baby here

Download Information about the first trimester scan here