antenatal screening programme
Anaemia is a condition caused by a lack of red blood cells. This causes 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 the NHS website.
UK NSC screening recommendation
The UK NSC has not yet reviewed the evidence on screening for anaemia. For this reason, screening is not currently recommended.
Although screening is not recommended, all pregnant women should be offered a test for anaemia, in line with NICE guidelines.
Date previous review completed:
Next review estimated to be completed: 2024 to 2025.
To see previous evidence reviews, visit the UK NSC archive.
Organisations interested in Anaemia
These organisations have expressed interest in this recommendation and may submit responses to evidence reviews.
List of organisations
- Faculty of Public Health
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Royal College of Physicians
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow
- Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh