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Antenatal Haemoglobinopathy screening

Alias: Sickle Cell

Discipline: Haematology

Test information: The overall aim of the National Antenatal Screening Programme is to offer sickle cell and thalassemia screening to all eligible women and couples in a timely manner in pregnancy.

Specimen Type(s)
  • Blood;
Other Acceptable Specimen Type(s)
Specimen Container - Adult
  • N/A;
Specimen Container - Paediatric
  • N/A;
  • N/A;
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Haemoglobinopathy Screening
Volume (min) of sample to be sent to laboratory
Patient Preparation, Sample Handling and Transport
Women undergoing antenatal booking are assessed for a potential Haemoglobinopathy including thalassaemia using the family origin questionnaire (FOQ) and the mean cell haemoglobin (MCH) from the FBC.
Initial Haemoglobinopathy screening - Please send FOQ (white top copy only) with a FBC sample to Haematology (do not sent in same bag as Group and Save).
Please enter EDD on the FOQ and do not make any entry in the declined box unless patient specifically declines screening.
Maximum add on time
Units and Reference Ranges / Interpretation
If the FOQ is positive for either the woman or the baby's biological father (which is any ethnic descent other than pure North European Caucasian) - identified by ticks in the Gold boxes, the laboratory will send the woman's sample to the referral laboratory for confirmation.
The baby's biological father's sample is not required at this stage.
UKAS number
UKAS accredited test?

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Last updated: 03-05-2024