Pregnant women in the region will now be able to access the most accurate screening technology at Liverpool Women's Hospital.
The brand new technology called Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT), which is only just available in the UK, enables staff at the Trust to screen for Down’s Syndrome, Edward’s Syndrome and Patau’s Syndrome, with much greater accuracy than ever before.
Dr Leanne Bricker, Consultant in Fetal Medicine at Liverpool Women's, said: "NIPT is a fantastic technological development which we're delighted to now be able to offer to pregnant women across the North West. This is a simple test that measures fetal DNA from a pregnant woman's blood to look for common chromosome abnormalities. It has been found to have a detection rate of greater than 99% for Down's Syndrome, in comparison to the tests previously available, which have a detection rate of only 84%. It also has a much lower false positive rate than other tests which means if the result is negative it is highly unlikely that the baby has one of the chromosome abnormalities"
Although this new test is not currently available on the NHS, pregnant women can pay to have the test privately at the hospital, please call 0151 702 4450 to make an appointment.
NIPT carries absolutely no risk to mother or baby and results are normally available within 8-10 days.