95% of women in England not screened for sickle cell anaemia or thalassaemia by 10 week target

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 28 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:468
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. 1London

    Most women fail to receive antenatal screening for sickle cell anaemia or thalassaemia within the recommended time of 10 weeks, a study of general practice in England has found (British Journal of General Practice 2008;58:154-9). This indicates that screening may often occur too late to allow couples a choice regarding termination of affected fetuses.

    The study assessed antenatal screening for the two inherited disorders in all pregnancies reported in at least a six month period in 25 general practices of two inner city primary care trusts. They both had about 40% of their populations from minority ethnic groups and ranked among the most deprived …

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