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Anaemia

The UK NSC policy on Anaemia screening in pregnancy

Policy

 
Type Antenatal
Last review completed July 2006
Next review due in 2013/14
Policy recommendation     Systematic population screening programme not recommended, clinical practice guidelines covered by NICE
 

All pregnant women should be offered a test for anaemia.

 

What is screening?

Screening is a process of identifying apparently healthy people who may be at increased risk of a disease or condition. They can then be offered information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk and/or any complications arising from the disease or condition. It is important to ensure that the benefits and downsides of screening have been properly thought through. The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) is responsible for reviewing screening policies every 3 years and making recommendations to ministers in the 4 UK countries about whether to not a screening programme for a certain condition should be set up.

» Find out more about screening, the role of the UK NSC or the policy review process

More about Anaemia

Anaemia is a condition caused by a lack of red blood cells, resulting in weakness, breathlessness and reduced energy. It is quite common during pregnancy when a woman needs more iron and other vitamins.

» Read more about anaemia on NHS Choices

Policy stakeholders

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The stakeholder groups will be involved when the policy is next reviewed. If you think your organisation should be added, please contact us. More about the policy review process, including the role of stakeholders, can be found in the guide to Engaging with the UK NSC's policy review process.

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