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Lab support service helps ensure best practice in sickle cell and thalassaemia screening

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Blood sample is taken from an arm.

Project lead Robyn Parsons explains how the UK National Haemoglobinopathy Reference Laboratory in Oxford has provided a dedicated sickle cell and thalassaemia laboratory support service for antenatal and newborn laboratories and other healthcare professionals involved in the NHS SCT Screening Programme since 2010.

Ensuring safe deliveries this Christmas in newborn blood spot screening

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A midwife takes blood from a baby’s heel

In the run up to Christmas last year one regional screening laboratory noticed they were receiving less blood spot samples than they were expecting, due to postage delays. Find out what measures are being put in place to avoid a repeat this year.

Working smarter to quality assure antenatal and newborn screening laboratories 

A woman inserts sample test tubes into slots

One of the main roles of Public Health England's (PHE) screening quality assurance service (SQAS) is to carry out formal visits to antenatal and newborn screening services. SQAS works with professional and clinical advisors when visiting laboratories providing screening tests for: …