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 Based on the last UK NSC review of this condition that occurred in October 2021.

Screening is not currently recommended for this condition.

A population screening programme for IDA in pregnant women is not recommended because:

Supporting documents from the 2021 review

Evidence review
This document provides the evidence on which the current UK NSC recommendation is based.

This document summarises the review process including the public consultation comments.

Review cycle

Date previous review completed: 2021

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.

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