NHS Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia/IDPS Screening Programme

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Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia and infectious diseases in pregnancy screening programme is a national programme.  North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust participates in Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia and infectious diseases in pregnancy screening programme to offer timely antenatal screening to all women and couples so that informed decision can be made.

 The aims of the programme are:

  • To screen women by 10 weeks + 0 days gestation.
  • To offer prenatal diagnosis (PND) to at risk women and couples by 12 weeks + 0 days gestation.
  • To perform PND before 12 weeks + 6 days gestation.

When a woman is booked for antenatal care at Peterborough City Hospital, the healthcare professional and with the woman consent must complete the Family Origin Questionnaire (FOQ) together with a blood sample must be sent to the laboratory for testing. If the woman is affected or a carrier then the baby’s biological father must be offered a screening test to determine the risk of the pregnancy.


Clinical Advice

Clinical advice can be provided by our Consultant Haematologist Dr Sateesh Nagumantry on (01733) 678428 (Haematology Secretaries).


Support and Complaints

If you have require any advice, support or would like to make an informal complaint  with regards to the Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia and infectious diseases in pregnancy screening programme, you can contact the Peterborough City Hospital Antenatal and New-born Screening Services on the Maternity Helpline  (01733) 677266.

You can also get information and support from the charity Antenatal Results and Choices (ARC), they have a helpline you can call for information and support on 02077137356 or 02077137486.

You can also email them at: info@arc-uk.org or visit their website at https://www.arc-uk.org/


Key Contacts


Antenatal Screening Team

Antenatal Screening Team



Nigel Asba

Senior BMS Haematology Flowcytometry


Asghar Dayala

Operational Manager, Microbiology


Dr Sateesh Nagumantry

Consultant Haematologist, Lead for SCT

Contact Haematology Secretaries (01733) 678428

Dr Dennis Mlangeni

Consultant Microbiologist, Lead for IDIPS

Contact Microbiology Secretaries (01733) 678436



More Information

You can also visit the following sites for more information, including PHE screening animations and screening inherited conditions.