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Newborn screening

We offer screening tests for your baby soon after they are born.

Screening tests are used to find babies with a higher chance of a health problem. This means they can be given appropriate treatment as quickly as possible if needed.

Screening tests are not perfect. Some people will be told that their baby has a high chance of having a health problem when in fact they do not have the problem. Also, a few people will be told their baby has a low chance of having a health problem when in fact they do have the problem.

A screening test can find out if your baby has a high or low chance of having a health problem. But it cannot usually tell you for certain, so babies found to have a high chance of a health problem will often be offered a further test.

This is called a diagnostic test and gives a more definite 'yes' or 'no' answer.

We offer the following tests for your newborn baby:

Contact us

Antenatal and Newborn Screening Team
Level 4, Women's Centre
John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford OX3 9DU

Tel: 01865 221087 / 221061 Monday to Friday 8.00am - 4.00pm

Email: ouh-tr.screeningteam.nhs.net

Physical Examination Screening
Level 4, Women's Centre
John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford OX3 9DU

Tel: 01865 227443

Email: ouh-tr.screeningteam.nhs.net

Newborn Hearing Screening, John Radcliffe office
Level 5, Women's Centre
John Radcliffe Hospital
Oxford OX3 9DU

Tel: 01865 222965

Newborn Hearing Screening, Horton office
Room 8, Postnatal Ward
Horton General Hospital
Banbury OX16 9AL

Tel: 01295 229840

Links

Screening and confidentiality

National population screening programmes: the information we use and why, and your options - www.gov.uk