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The Scottish Newborn Screening Laboratory

Published on 13 July 2022

The Scottish Newborn Screening Laboratory (SNSL) tests blood samples of newborn babies. The SNSL is based in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

What is newborn blood spot screening?

Some serious conditions can’t be seen by just examining a baby. But, a blood test can pick them up. All newborn babies in Scotland will be offered a blood spot test. A midwife, or another health professional, will explain the process for the test.

The SNSL screens all blood samples received from babies born in Scotland. The laboratory ensures reporting of results, including referral to healthcare specialists, of all positive cases to allow appropriate treatment to begin.

Find more information on the NHS Inform website.

Lead clinician

Ms Sarah Smith, Consultant Scientist, Head of Department and Director of Newborn Screening


Newborn Screening Laboratory
West of Scotland Genetic Services
Level 2, Laboratory Medicine
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
1345 Govan Road
G51 4TF

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