Improvements to our Screening Tests For You and Your Baby booklet

The front cover and an inside page from the new version of Screening Tests For You and Your Baby
The front cover of the new version of the leaflet, and a page from the introduction showing a link to the animation on NHS.UK

We might be planning to take it digital but there’s life in the printed version of our iconic Screening Tests For You and Your Baby booklet for a while yet!

We have given it a bit of a spring clean and made a number of improvements we’ve been wanting to get round to for a while. For the first time, we have also published the booklet in HTML format. The 8 HTML sections, covering every antenatal and newborn screening test:

  • are easy to view and navigate on laptop or mobile devices
  • can have their text size increased in the web browser to make large print versions
  • work with screen readers for people who would like audio versions

We will blog more about the accessibility benefits of HTML leaflets in the near future.

Many improvements

Here’s a summary of the changes to the leaflet. In this version we have:

  • replaced the PHE logo with a statement under the leaflet title to say that it has been created by PHE (this is for consistency with other NHS leaflets)
  • made lots of improvements to the introduction, including adding a link to the animation and a new confidentiality section
  • changed subheadings so they’re no longer questions (this is because the old-style FAQ format is not good for users)
  • added prominent links to NHS.UK at the bottom of every double-page spread
  • improved the results section in the infectious diseases chapter
  • renamed the ‘physical abnormalities (mid-pregnancy scan)’ chapter to ‘11 physical conditions (20-week scan)
  • substantially rewritten the description of the 20-week scan for clarity
  • updated the prevalence of the conditions screened for in newborn blood spot screening
  • improved the descriptions of Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome and Patau’s syndrome (based on the work we’ve done with the Down’s Syndrome Association and SOFT to prepare for the introduction of non-invasive prenatal testing)

Moving to the new version

The next national print run of the leaflet will use this new version. The leaflets will probably be in stock for orders placed with national print provider APS from about mid-June.

In the meantime you can safely use up your stock of the existing version of the leaflet. Please do not recycle or destroy old stock.

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