Tests and Scans
Antenatal Screening and investigations
Screening tests are used to find people at higher risk of a health problem. This means they can get earlier, potentially more effective treatment, or make informed decisions about their health.
Screening tests are not perfect. Some people will be told that they or their baby are at high risk of having a health problem when in fact they do not have a problem. Also a few people will be told that they or their baby are at low risk of having a health problem when in fact they do have a problem. If you or your baby is identified as being in a high risk group for a certain condition you will then be offered a diagnostic test to confirm whether you or your baby does have the condition being screened for.
For further information on all your screening tests please follow the National links below:
You will also be offered ultrasound scans on the following occasions:
- To date your pregnancy
- For combined screening
- Anomaly scan
For further information please follow the link below:
During your pregnancy you will be offered a number of blood tests (booking bloods), which can help protect you and your baby. Most of these tests can be taken together and usually early on in your pregnancy.
Please follow the link below for further information:
Your One to One midwife will discuss these tests with you, ensuring that you fully understand the reasons why the tests are being completed she will then ask you to sign a consent form if you wish to accept them.
The test results are confidential and only healthcare professionals closely involved in your care will be informed of your results.
You may be offered further tests in pregnancy, which your midwife will discuss with you at the time.
The National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service (NCARDRS)
"The National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service (NCARDRS) records those people with congenital abnormalities and rare diseases across the whole of England.
This registration service:
Public Health England (PHE) has expanded congenital anomaly and rare disease registration to cover the whole population of England, to meet national requirements for high quality public health disease surveillance identified by the Chief Medical Officer. The creation of the NCARDRS is part of the UK Rare Disease Strategy and the Department of Health 2020 Vision on Rare Diseases."
The link to the information leaflet is below:
Information to Opt Out:
NCARDRS hopes to register everyone who has a rare disease or congenital anomaly to help plan and improve healthcare services for future generations. However, individuals can ask to have all their details removed from the National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service at any time.
These requests will not affect treatment or care.
To opt out, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to:
National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Registration Service Director
Public Health England
80 London Road
London, SE1 6LH