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Antenatal screening services

Blood Group Serology screening

We offer ABO and RhD blood grouping and red cell antibody screen for antenatal samples. We provide RhD negative cards in compliance with British Society for Haematology (BSH) guidelines as well as antibody cards.

Hard copy reminders are sent to customers where 28 week screening samples have not been received.

Please note: if the red cell antibody-screening test is positive, we will reflex test the sample onto the reference sample pathway and charge only the price of the reference investigation.

Turnaround time

The report will be available within 2 working days of receipt by NHSBT. Our extended working day ensures prompt sample processing and testing.

Reporting

This is via Sp-ICE and a paper copy is sent to the laboratory by agreement.

Microbiological screening programme

The purpose of this is:

• To identify infection which could be harmful to the fetus or baby

• Reduce the risk to the baby

• Support control with appropriate management 

Microbiological screening tests for all infections currently include:

  • Treponema pallidum (syphilis) antibody

  • Hepatitis B surface antigen

  • HIV 1&2 antibodies

 

Testing is fully automated and benefits from the scale and security of our donation testing facilities.

Please read our Antenatal Services brochure 

Contact:

Gary Cavanagh
RCI Business Development Manager
Mobile: 07384915763
Email: gary.cavanagh@nhsbt.nhs.uk

Ian Skidmore
RCI Reference Service Manager
Telephone: 0121 278 4125
Email: ian.skidmore@nhsbt.nhs.uk