Improvements in newborn blood screening sampling


Medway NHS Foundation Trust has developed a clinical care bundle to optimise outcomes from newborn blood screening spot sampling.

The trust has developed an algorithm to optimise newborn blood screening sampling which includes putting these measures in place: 

  • e-learning annual competency for staff
  • peer review of collected samples
  • adopting best practice guidance for sample collection 
  • regular review of quarterly data

This has led to the trust achieving the best avoidable repeat rate in the region.

If you'd like any more details about the care bundle, please email

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