Did your child have a heel prick test done between 1984 and 2002?
If your child was born between 1984 and 2002 then the heel prick test is about to be destroyed.Or would you like to collect it, then here is some essential information you should know about your child’s heel prick test.
In order to comply with EU data protection laws, heel prick tests for newborn babies carried out between 1984 and 2002, are due to be destroyed following a complaint from 2009, that the retention of such cards is in breach of privacy regulations.
According to the Irish Heart Foundation, the blood sample cards could be used as a valuable future resource to detect illnesses such as sudden adult death syndrome and haemochromatosis.
Hence, the foundation has launched a Stop the Destruction campaign, in the order to pledge to guardians to request the return of their child’s blood sample cards.
How long have you got?
The HSE have given the public until March 31st to consent to their records of the heel prick test or those of their children being kept. After this date, all other samples will be incinerated. Every year, cards which are more than 10 years old will be destroyed.
With the approaching deadline, the issue has been quite controversial with much opposition from medical professionals, who believe the proposed action to be unnecessary and a waste of potentially valuable medical data.
The Irish Heart Foundation’s Stop the Destruction campaign can be found online at stopthedestructionnow.com. The HSE can be contacted at 1850-24-1850 or log on to newbornscreening.ie.