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Scottish Newborn Screening Laboratory

Located at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.

The Scottish Newborn Screening Laboratory, which had previously been based at Stobhill Hospital since its inception in 1965, relocated to Genetics in February 2001 as a component of the Biochemical Genetics Service.

Dried blood spots (Guthrie cards) are received from newborn babies from all over Scotland (approximately 60,000 per year) and tested for five disorders:

  1. Phenylketonuria (PKU)
  2. Congenital Hypothyroidism
  3. Cystic Fibrosis
  4. Medium Chain Acyl - CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency ( MCADD)
  5. Sickle Cell Disorders ( SCD)

The aim is to diagnose these conditions as early as possible to allow affected infants to be placed on the appropriate corrective treatment.

All enquiries to: 0141 354  9277.

Contact details

Ms Sarah Smith (sarah [email protected])
Consultant  Scientist
Head of Department  and Director of Newborn Screening 
Tel: 0141 354 9275

Postal address

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

Current Information on the Newborn Screening Programme

Laboratory Users Manual for Newborn Screening Service 

National Services Division (NSD)  - Information on Screening Programmes

National Services Division (NSD)  - Newborn Screening Developments ( Protocols)

Pregnancy and Newborn: Your guide to newborn screening tests during pregnancy.

Blood spot Screening card

Newborn Screening Developments