In March 2015 the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Screening Programme Advisory Group set up a sub group to focus on the timeliness of antenatal screening and prenatal diagnosis. The subgroup included parents of children with sickle cell disease and thalassaemia, representatives from UKTS and the Sickle Cell Society and representatives from midwifery, obstetric and genetic counselling professional organisations.
Screening is the process of identifying people who appear healthy but may be at increased risk of a disease or condition.
Healthcare professionals will offer information, further tests and appropriate treatment to reduce their risk or any complications arising from the disease or condition.
The NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia (SCT) screening programme is a genetic screening programme. This means that it also identifies people who are genetic carriers for sickle cell, thalassaemia and other haemoglobin disorders.
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