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Scottish Newborn Screening Laboratory

The Service 

The Scottish Newborn Screening Laboratory provides a national screening service to Scotland. The laboratory is situated on level 2B of the Laboratory Medicine Building at the Queen Elizabeth university Hospital in Glasgow. The screening services provided are funded by National Services Division of NHS Scotland and accredited by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) Reference No. 9352The scope of tests included in this accreditation can be viewed here.


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

1. Congenital Hypothyroidism (CHT)

2. Cystic Fibrosis (CF)

3. Sickle Cell Disorders (SCD)

4. Phenylketonuria (PKU)

5. Medium Chain Acyl - CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency (MCADD)

6. Maple Syrup Urine Disease (MSUD)

7. Isovaleric Acidemia (IVA)

8. Glutaric Aciduria Type 1 (GA1)

9. Homocystinuria (HCU)

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

 The Newborn Screening Service strives to continually improve the quality of its service and welcomes feedback from its users. For feedback please contact the laboratories Quality Manager here

Contact details


The main laboratory contact number is 0141 354  9277

Email: [email protected] 

Postal address

Scottish Newborn Screening Laboratory
Level 2, Laboratory Medicine Building 
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
1345 Govan Road
G51 4TF

Laboratory Working Hours

The working hours are as follows:

Routine Working Hours

Mon-Fri     08.30-16.30

Out of Hours arrangements

Saturday     ~ 09.00-12:00

Other           Public holiday cover available


Current Information on the Newborn Screening Programme

Laboratory Users Manual for Newborn Screening Service 

Newborn bloodspot sampling guidelines

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.

Newborn Screening Developments

Last Updated: 29 January 2021