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Non-invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)

The University Hospitals of Leicester, in partnership with Premaitha Health are able to offer a new option in prenatal screening for Down's syndrome and other serious genetic conditions.

This screening test is only available on the NHS for women who have a high chance result from the combined or quadruple screening test. 

Referred to as the "IONA test" women can choose to have this screening as a private test for a fee of £325 by accessing the antenatal team at either Leicester Royal Infirmary or Leicester General Hospitals. 

The test involves taking a sample of maternal blood and the results are usually available within a week.  Please be aware that although this blood test can be taken from 10 weeks it cannot be performed until you have had your dating scan, which is usually performed between 11-14 weeks of pregnancy.

You will continue to be offered all screening tests and ultrasound scans available through the NHS, as recommended by the national screening committee.  

For further information visit "the IONA test".

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