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Cystic fibrosis screening programme complete

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SCREENING for cystic fibrosis will be available for all newborn babies in England from this month.

SCREENING for cystic fibrosis will be available for all newborn babies in England from this month.

The programme has been rolled out over the last year and uses a blood spot technique to test for the condition.

A heel prick blood spot test is taken by the midwife when the baby is around a week old and samples are then sent to one of a network of laboratories across the country.

John Price, CF screening board chair and professor of paediatric respiratory medicine at Kings College Hospital NHS Trust, said: 'In the past, the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis was usually delayed until babies had become unwell and one in five babies with CF were not diagnosed until after their second birthday.'

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