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Agreeing to your baby's heel prick screen

When your baby is due to have the heel prick screen, your midwife or public health nurse will give you information about the screen.

Once you've read this, you'll be asked to sign your baby's 'newborn screening card'. By signing this, you confirm that:

  • you've received information about the heel prick
  • the information about your baby is correct
  • you consent to having your baby screened

Your midwife or public health nurse will carry out the heel prick in hospital or at your home. This is usually when your baby is 3 to 5 days old.

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What happens during heel prick screening

If you do not want heel prick screening for your baby

page last reviewed: 28/11/2018
next review due: 28/11/2021