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DoH project to boost sickle cell screening programme

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The NHS sickle cell and thalassaemia screening programme is being supported by a new project as it marks its 10th anniversary.

The Department of Health is currently backing a project with specialised commissioners which will produce models to help them make informed decisions on where best to get the services needed by people in their local community.

Standards of care for those providing services are also being established by the project, making sure they deliver the best care as well as encouraging more joined up working to make services easier to use.

The anniversary was also celebrated with a special event attended by celebrities including comedian Lenny Henry, who is a long-term supporter of the programme, and JB from boy band JLS.

One of the key themes of the reception, which was hosted by the all party parliamentary group on sickle cell and thalassaemia, was the importance of educating men about screening, which identifies people who are genetic carriers.

Urging all men thinking about starting a family to take up the opportunity of screening, Lenny Henry said it may reveal important and useful information, which might affect any children they have with their partner.


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