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Heel Prick Test/Newborn Bloodspot

This blood test (sometimes referred to as the Guthrie test) is carried out routinely on babies around 5-8 days to check for the rare inherited disorder phenylketonuria (PKU) and congenital hypothyroidism (CHT). The midwife pricks the baby's heel to collect some drops of blood on a card. In many areas the test will also check for sickle cell disorders (SCD), cystic fibrosis (CF) and Medium Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCADD).

For further information, see www.newbornbloodspot.screening.nhs.uk.

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