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Bureau of Public Health Laboratories Newborn Screening

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Bureau of Public Health Laboratories – Jacksonville
  •  904-791-1500
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    Fax

    904-791-1567
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    乐动体育登录Dept of Health

    Bureau of Public Health  

    Laboratories  

    乐动体育登录1217 N. Pearl Street 

    乐动体育登录Jacksonville, FL 32202

Bureau of Public Health Laboratories – Miami
  •  305-324-2432
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    Fax

    305-325-2560
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    Dept of Health

    Bureau of Public Health  

    Laboratories  

    乐动体育登录1325 N.W. 14th Avenue 

    Miami, FL 33125

Bureau of Public Health Laboratories – Tampa
  •  813-233-2203
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    Fax

    813-233-2379
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    Dept of Health

    Bureau of Public Health  

    乐动体育登录Laboratories  

    乐动体育登录3602 Spectrum Boulevard 

    乐动体育登录Tampa, FL 33612

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A photo of a lab tech holding a microscope with the text "Contributing to a Healthier Florida, one test at a time"

Contributing to a healthier Florida one test at a time
乐动体育登录 Newborn Screening (NBS) is a population-based, preventive public health program that is provided in every state in the United States and in many countries throughout the world.  The intent of the Florida Newborn Screening Program is to screen, identify, diagnose, and manage newborns at risk for selected disorders that, without detection and treatment, can lead to permanent developmental and physical damage or death.  The goal of newborn screening is to facilitate prevention of developmental impairments, delayed physical growth, severe illness, and death through early detection and intervention.  With appropriate and timely treatment, newborns identified through the Newborn Screening Program will have the opportunity to grow and reach their potential.

Since early detection and treatment are so important with these conditions, be sure to tell the hospital the correct name and phone number of your baby's doctor so they can reach you if the screening results for your baby are abnormal. If your baby's doctor does contact you, it does not mean that your newborn has the condition but it is important that you follow the doctor's instructions immediately in order to determine if treatment will be necessary. If you do not hear from your doctor, make sure you ask about the results when you see your baby's doctor for his/her first appointment.

Request for Newborn Screening Laboratory Report
For healthcare providers requesting a newborn screening report, please go to to obtain an electronic copy.  If not registered to access the web site, please call 850-245-4201 and select Option #1 to register.  For other information, please call 866-804-9166.

How is Newborn Screening Paid for in Florida?

Newborn Screening services in Florida are jointly funded through billing Medicaid and private insurance for the newborn screening tests and a $15.00 fee paid by birthing facilities for each live birth. Florida Newborn Screening does not bill families without insurance coverage.

Newborn Screening Policies

Opt-Out:  While it is not encouraged, parents may refuse newborn screening for their newborn for any reason. The person responsible for collecting the specimen must collect a written refusal from the parent that must be put in the medical record.
 
乐动体育登录 Storage and Use of Dried Blood Spot: After the newborn has been screened for all conditions, both the blood specimen and the related information will remain for a designated period of time. The laboratory must maintain records of screening results and follow-up testing for at least seven years. Residual blood specimen is stored for six months, after which the specimen is destroyed. The health department safeguards all information sufficiently to ensure the confidentiality of individuals in the program.

Conditions Newborn Screening detects*

Links to Additional Resources

           

NOTICE To All Users of Newborn Screening Specimen Collection Cards (DH677):
If you have any expired specimen cards, please DISCARD them. Specimens collected on expired cards will be REJECTED.
 
ACCEPTABLE cards have the following lot numbers and expiration dates:
 
Lot W152 Exp Date: FEB-2019
Lot W161 Exp Date: SEPT-2019
Lot W162 Exp Date: APR-2020
Lot W162 Exp Date: OCT-2020
Cards with lot numbers higher than W162
 
Fax a request to Newborn Screening Laboratory if more cards are needed.
Attention to: Nita or Danielle  FAX: 904-791-1637
Phone: 904-791-1572

Order form for newborn specimen collection cards (DH 677)*

Contact

Telephone:
乐动体育登录 (904) 791-1645

FAX:
(904) 791-1644
 
Mail:
Department of Health
Newborn Screening Laboratory
1217 N. Pearl St.
Jacksonville, FL. 32202

*Note: This page contains materials in the Portable Document Format (PDF).  The free  may be required to view these files.