The CF Trust is aware that there was a small risk of an error having occurred in the testing for cystic fibrosis through the newborn screening centre at Sheffield, and we understand that this fault was found to affect a very small number of results. We welcome the decision by NHS Yorkshire and Humber to inform parents that may have been affected by this testing and advise parents that have any concerns at all about their child's health to contact their GP."
Between mid-October and December 2011, samples from 15,000 babies across South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands were put through the faulty cystic fibrosis testing machine in Sheffield. All those families have now been contacted and youngsters given the all clear.
In December 2011 regular on-going quality checks identified that a new analyser, used to measure blood samples from newborn babies across South Yorkshire and the East Midlands for cystic fibrosis, recorded a very small number of inaccurate results.
“While it is not possible to retest the cystic fibrosis samples, following additional checks and regular monitoring, we are now confident that the testing was reliable so no automatic additional testing is necessary.
“While we have successfully identified and corrected the fault we are sorry for any worry this may cause.”
– Professor Paul Johnstone, Director of Public Health for NHS Yorkshire and the Humber
The NHS has admitted there was a fault with a machine used to test newborn babies in South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire for cystic fibrosis. Parents of children affected have been sent letters informing them of the problem. All those youngsters have now been checked and given the all clear.