Executive summary of quality assurance visit to Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust held on 12 and 13 July 2017.  Identifies 11 high priority findings:

  • resources for antenatal sonography should be reviewed to ensure that PHE requirements are met
  • the Trust’s incident policies need updating to reflect ‘Managing safety incidents in NHS Screening Programmes’ national guidance and embedded in practice
  • a risk assessment should be completed for laboratory aspects of sickle cell and thalassaemia screening
  • the processes for antenatal samples sent to reference labs need to be strengthened
  • the haematology laboratory audit schedule needs updating
  • communication and collaboration between the newborn hearing screening team and maternity service should be improved
  • better connectivity and interfaces between all the different IT systems would support cohort tracking and data accuracy
  • preparations for haematology laboratory UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) assessment should include mapping screening services against relevant ISO standards
  • aliquots of infectious diseases in pregnancy screening samples should be stored for at least 2 years
Screening Quality Assurance visit report NHS Antenatal and Newborn Screening Programmes Luton and Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
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