Read about the HSE’s Newborn Bloodspot Screening Programme

All babies born in Ireland are screened for six conditions soon after birth. This is often called the ‘Heel Prick Test’. It involves taking a drop of blood from the baby’s heel, and sending it for testing at a central laboratory based in the Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street.  The purpose of this screening is to ensure that any babies with these rare conditions are identified and treated as early as possible.


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