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If you do not want heel prick screening for your baby

If you do not want your baby to be tested, you'll need to tell your midwife or public nurse why and sign an 'opt-out' form.

We strongly recommend having your baby screened for these 8 rare but serious conditions. The long-term benefits of screening are much greater than the small discomfort your baby will feel when the blood sample is taken.

However, you can choose not to have your baby screened. You'll need to tell your midwife or public health nurse when you are offered screening.

They will ask you to sign an 'opt-out' form. The form says you understand the risks of not having your baby screened.

If you change your mind

If you change your mind later and decide to have your baby screened, contact your local public health nurse or GP. They can arrange screening for your baby at any stage.

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Page last reviewed: 28/11/2018
Next review due: 28/11/2021