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National Newborn Bloodspot Screening Register


Health Service Executive (HSE)

Subject Keywords: Newborn Bloodspot Screening (NBS) Register
Topic: Chronic Conditions
Rare Disease
Rare Diseases
Chronic Conditions
Catalogue: Data
Primary Data Sources
Type: Database
Region: Republic of Ireland

The National Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme (NNBSP) screens all newborn babies for six conditions soon after birth, to ensure that any baby with one of these rare conditions is identified and treated as early as possible. It involves taking a drop of blood from the baby's heel onto a Newborn Screening Card (NSC) and sending for testing to the National Newborn Bloodspot Screening Laboratory. After testing is completed, the Newborn Screening Card is then stored. The screening programme is co-ordinated through the National Newborn Bloodspot Screening Laboratory at the Children’s University Hospital. Each baby is given a Unique Prenatal Identifier (UPI) to trace newborn bloodspot screening samples and results of the screening are recorded in the NBS Register.

All babies are screened for:

  • Phenylketonuria
  • Maple syrup urine disease
  • Homocystinuria
  • Galactosaemia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Congenital hypothyroidism




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Suggested citation:

Health Service Executive (HSE). (2012) National Newborn Bloodspot Screening Register [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 18th October 2019].


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