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The scottish newborn screening laboratory

Published on 07 February 2024

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.