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National Services Division Commissioning for Scotland's Health

Pregnancy and newborn screening

National Services Division has an ongoing role in the national multidisciplinary groups which monitor and evaluate the pregnancy and newborn screening programmes, and in partnership with NHS Health Scotland they also produce patient information to support the programmes. Additionally NSD commission the laboratory service for the newborn bloodspot testing programme.

NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland, in collaboration with the services and NSD, have developed quality standards and key performance indicators relating to the pregnancy and newborn screening programme; these are available for download from the NHS Healthcare Improvement Scotland website.


In Scotland screening is routinely offered for the following conditions:


  • Down’s Syndrome and Neural Tube defects
  • Communicable diseases


  • Newborn Hearing Screening
  • Phenylketonuria, Congenital Hypothyroidism and Cystic Fibrosis

NSD work in partnership with NHS Health Scotland to produce information on tests available during pregnancy and for newborn babies. This information is available from the Health Scotland website.

National Services Division contacts:

To contact members of NSD staff, please visit our staff contacts page.

Lyn Hutchison, Senior Commissioning and Screening Programme Manager, Pregnancy Screening, Newborn Bloodspot and Newborn Hearing Screening.