Performance of neonatal screening programme must be monitored

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7039.1158 (Published 04 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1158
  1. Angela Galloway,
  2. Janet Stevenson
  1. Director, neonatal screening service (northern sector) Senior registrar in public health medicine Neonatal Screening Laboratory, Department of Pathology, Dryburn Hospital, Durham DH1 5TW

    EDITOR,—We agree with Francesco P Cappuccio and colleagues that monitoring the performance of the neonatal screening programme for phenylketonuria and congenital hypothyroidism is difficult at district level,1 but our experience in the Northern region shows that it is not impossible. While neonatal screening is complex and involves many health professionals—midwives, health visitors, laboratory staff, consultants with responsibility for neonatal screening, child health …

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