Babies: Medical Examinations

Health written question – answered on 15th October 2008.

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Photo of David Anderson David Anderson PPS (Bill Rammell, Minister of State), Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what procedures are in place for ensuring that children have (a) a hip examination at birth and (b) another examination at between six and eight weeks old.

Photo of Ann Keen Ann Keen Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Health Services), Department of Health

Screening for developmental dysplasia of the hips (DDH) is part of the routine physical examinations that every baby has, first within 72 hours of birth and then at 6-8 weeks old, as part of the Child Health Promotion Programme (CHPP), which covers pregnancy and the first five years of life. The examinations are usually performed by doctors, but can also be carried out by midwives and specialist nurses.

All the screening programmes in the CHPP have met the criteria set out by the National Screening Committee. Screening programmes require local implementation of an agreed pathway, including clear guidelines on referral to assessment and differential diagnostic services.

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Oonagh Keith
Posted on 10 Mar 2009 11:41 am (Report this annotation)

STEPS Baby Hip Screening Report launched at the House of Commons
Tuesday 24th February.

The report reveals that of the Acute and Primary Care Trusts who responded 57 per cent of PCTs and 10 per cent of Acute Trusts have no formal policy in place, despite a national screening policy being introduced in the UK in 1969.

Dave Anderson, MP for Blaydon, said: "I am very proud to support the important work of the STEPS charity and to highlight it in Parliament. I am impressed by their work in showing that the national screening programme needs to be backed by proper procedures and policies which can then prevent needless suffering as well as spending.