The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Neonatal Screening

Our Laboratory provides the neonatal screening service for all births in West and East Yorkshire, Hull and North Yorkshire (except Hambleton / Richmondshire) and any babies being cared for within acute hospitals in the region.

We screen approximately 45,000 babies each year using dedicated equipment and IT systems.

We currently screen for the following conditions:

Congenital Hypothyroidism

Cystic Fibrosis

Sickle Cell Disease

And six rare inherited metabolic disorders:

Glutaric Aciduria type 1 (GA1)

Homocystinuria (HCU)

Isovaleric Acidaemia (IVA)

Medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrongenase deficiency (MCADD)

Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD)

Phenylketonuria (PKU)

The laboratory is well supported by expert paediatricians and neonatologists in our regional hospitals and, for the rare inherited metabolic disorders, care and advice are provided by a team of specialist paediatricians based in the Willink unit at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.

Further information for parents on the tests in the newborn screening panel and the whole newborn screening process can be found on the NHS newborn screening website.

The newborn screening laboratory is open from 08:30 to 17:00 Monday to Friday. There is no formal commitment to provide an analytical service outside opening hours.

We are located at St James’s University Hospital site, Block 46, Chancellor Wing

Newborn Screening Laboratory
Specialist Laboratory Medicine
Block 46
ST James University Hospital
Leeds LS9 7TF

Key Contacts:

Neonatal Screening Enquiry Service

0113 206 5806


Mr Rob BarskiConsultant Clinical Scientists / Director of Screening Laboratory

Mr Robert Barski

0113 206 6861


Dr Mike RichardsConsultant Haematologist

Dr Michael Richards

0113 392 8776


Operational Lead for Specialist ServicesLisa Farrah

Lisa Farrar

0113 206 5806


Principal Clinical Scientist

Caroline Griffith

0113 206 5087



Useful links and further information

Further information on each of the conditions can be found here:

Congenital Hypothyroidism

Cystic Fibrosis

Sickle Cell Disease

GA1 (glutaric aciduria type 1)

HCU (homocystinuria)

IVA (isovaleric acidaemia)

MCADD (medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase deficiency)

MSUD (maple syrup urine disease)

PKU (phenylketonuria)