Newborn blood spot screening: sampling guidelines

These documents explain how to take a newborn blood spot screening sample.


Guidelines for newborn blood spot sampling

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Sample taker resources to help improve sample quality and reduce avoidable repeat rates


These publications set out the procedures for taking a newborn blood spot sample.

The movers in policy document sets out guidance for screening babies under a year of age with no available screening records.

Contact the screening helpdesk with any queries about this publication, making sure you include its full title.

Published 1 February 2014
Last updated 15 December 2021 + show all updates
  1. Added external link to resources to help improve sample quality and reduce avoidable repeat rates. Also added information about the screening helpdesk to details section.

  2. Updated quick reference guide (section 6) to include information about preterm repeat screening for congenital hypothyroidism (CHT) when a baby has had a blood transfusion or multiple blood transfusions.

  3. Updated the quick reference guide to HTML format.

  4. Guidelines for new born blood spot sampling 2016 versions added.

  5. First published.