Newborn Screening

In the hospital the midwife will ask you screening questions and record the answers in part 1 of the ‘red book’. The midwife will also complete a detailed examination of your baby and record in part 2 of the ‘red book’. This examination will be repeated by the Health Visitor in 6-8 week.

Newborn hearing screening

With your consent, the newborn hearing screener will perform a hearing test on your baby to detect any hearing problems. The screening takes a few minutes and is performed at your bedside or an adjacent quiet area (recorded in red book)
If you are transferred home without a screener having made contact with you, an appointment will be arranged by phone or letter within 2 weeks of your transfer home.


Immunisation is available for babies who are at risk of developing Hepatitis B or Tuberculosis (TB). Please inform your midwife if immunisation is required.

Blood Tests

With your consent, the midwife will carry out an important blood test when your baby is 5 days old. A small amount of blood is taken from your baby’s heel and tested for:

  • An enzyme deficiency (phenylketonuria)
  • A thyroid deficiency (hypothyroidism)
  • Cystic Fibrosis (a condition which affects the lungs and digestive system)
  • MCADD (a rare condition which affects the way the body converts fat into energy)
  • Sickle cell disorders (conditions that affect the red blood cells)