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Downs, Edwards & Pataus Syndrome


You will be offered screening for Down’s syndrome, Edwards syndrome and Patau’s syndrome between 11+2 and 14+1 weeks of pregnancy. This is called the combined test because it combines an ultrasound scan with a blood test. The scan can be carried out at the same time as the dating scan. If you are too far on in your pregnancy (more than 14 weeks) or the sonographer is unable to obtain the measurement required due to the baby's position or maternal habitus  to have the combined test, you will be offered a Quad blood test between 14+1 and 20+0 weeks of pregnancy that screens for Down's syndrome only. This test is not quite as accurate as the combined test. Screening for Edward's and Patau's syndrome will be offered at your anomaly scan.

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Please Click on the link for our Fetal Anomaly Leaflet


Diagnostic Testing

Diagnostic testing (chorionic villus sampling CVS or amniocentesis) may be offered to you in your pregnancy, if you have a high chance screen, an inherited condition or a suspected problem with your baby from the scan. The tests will provide information on your baby's chromosomes. There is a 1% chance of miscarriage when you have this test.Our Fetal Medicine Consultants perform amniocentesis in their Fetal Medicine Clinics, if you opt for a CVS you will be referred to other fetal medicine specialist at another hospital. 

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Private Testing -Non Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)

If you choose to have a private test outside of the NHS you may find the information available to you via ARC (Antenatal Results & Choices) useful (link to ARC  

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What is a Screening Test?
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Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.

Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.  After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.  Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.