Alberta's Newborn Metabolic Screening Program
Newborn blood spot screening is done to help find conditions that can be treated early. Timely treatment can help prevent health problems, improve a baby's health and may even save a baby's life.
Healthcare providers work with parents (or guardians) to screen for certain treatable conditions (metabolic, endocrine, cystic fibrosis, and sickle cell disease).
- Newborn blood spot screening helps your doctor or midwife find conditions that can be treated early to prevent health problems, improve your baby's health and may even save your baby's life. It’s the best way to tell if your baby has a treatable condition that you, your doctor or your midwife might not know about.
- It’s best to have the newborn blood spot screen completed at the hospital when your baby is between 24 and 72 hours old, before your baby goes home. If it is not completed at the hospital, it will be completed at a home visit, clinic visit or at a lab in your community.
- Your doctor or midwife will have results by the time your baby is two weeks old.
For more information visit our website
Alberta-Wide Web and / or Telephone Access
Physical location not applicable.
Hours of Operation
Hours of operation vary.
Service Providers May Include
doctors, midwives, nurse practitioners (NPs), registered nurses (RNs)
Babies born in Alberta
Newborn blood spot screening can be completed at a hospital, a home visit, a clinic visit or a lab in your community.
Alberta Health, Health Canada - First Nations Inuit Health Branch Alberta Region (FNIHB)