Early access to sickle cell and thalassaemia screening and the early offer of prenatal diagnosis (PND) is important in giving women and couples time to consider their options.
screening benefits and risks
As part of a wider investigation into why women are tested late, we commissioned the UK Thalassaemia Society (UKTS) and Sickle Cell Society (SCS) to carry out face to face interviews with women and couples who had recent experience of the SCT programme.
Screening folk can be a loyal bunch – either that or it’s a difficult discipline to escape from! A colleague of mine recently reached the amazing milestone of working 30 years in screening, making me reflect on my own career.
The programme will introduce a new improved home test kit for screening from April 2018. It is call a faecal immunochemical test (FIT) and it will replace the guaiac faecal occult blood test (gFOBt). It’s important that GPs and others working in primary care understand this change to the screening programme and its implications for their patients, so here is a brief summary.
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In his latest PHE Screening blog post written for his fellow GPs, Dr Jim McMorran looks at primary care issues relating to sickle cell and thalassaemia (SCT) screening.