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The UK NSC recommendation on Congenital heart disease screening in newborns

Recommendation Systematic population screening programme recommended
Last review completed May 2014
Next review due in 2017/18
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Find general information about population health screening.

Why is screening recommended by UK NSC?

Congenital heart disease screening is part of the physical examination of newborn babies and again at 6-8 weeks.  

The UK NSC recommends piloting the use of pulse oximetry test to evaluate the potential benefits of its use as a new screening test for congenital heart disease.


More about Congenital heart disease

Congenital heart defects (CHDs) are problems with the heart that are present at birth. They include a wide range of problems. Some defects resolve by themselves and more severe defects require urgent treatment. In the vast majority of cases the cause of the problem is not known.

A number of frequently asked questions have been developed following the last review in 2014.

Read more about congenital heart disease on NHS UK

Screening in the UK

Compare how screening is offered across the UK.


British Association of Perinatal Medicine
British Congenital Cardiac Association
British Heart Foundation
Children's Heart Federation
Faculty of Public Health
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Royal College of Surgeons
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The stakeholder groups will be involved when the recommendation is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More information for stakeholders can be found in appendix C of the UK NSC evidence review process.

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