- Public Health England
- Part of:
- NHS population screening: failsafe procedures, Newborn blood spot screening programme: supporting publications, Sickle cell and thalassaemia screening: commission and provide, NHS newborn blood spot (NBS) screening programme, and NHS sickle cell and thalassaemia (SCT) screening programme
- 5 November 2014
- Last updated:
- 1 November 2017, see all updates
The newborn blood spot failsafe processes help ensure that all babies born in England are offered screening.
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Failsafe processes minimise risks of anything going wrong in the screening pathway.
Babies can miss screening and blood spot samples can sometimes fail to reach screening laboratories, or get delayed in transit.
Babies affected by screened conditions can suffer serious harm by the time these failures get detected. In some cases they are not detected at all.
These errors can show wider failures in the postnatal care process.
The newborn blood spot failsafe solution (NBSFS) is a national IT system which should be used to minimise the chance of these errors occurring.
Published: 5 November 2014
Updated: 1 November 2017
- The newborn blood spot failsafe solution documents have been updated and moved to a separate publication.
- Added 'Newborn Blood Spot Failsafe Solution: online survey'.
- Addition of newborn blood spot screening failsafe processes document.
- Added operational level agreements.
- First published.
From: Public Health England
Part of: NHS population screening: failsafe procedures Newborn blood spot screening programme: supporting publications Sickle cell and thalassaemia screening: commission and provide NHS newborn blood spot (NBS) screening programme NHS sickle cell and thalassaemia (SCT) screening programme