Any of your leftover blood samples will be stored in the laboratory for at least 12 months. This is so they can be used in the future if any test results need to be checked.
Your personal health information will be kept private, which means it’s only shared with other staff involved in your care. Processes are reviewed regularly to make sure you’re offered the best service possible.
Your leftover blood samples may be used anonymously for other monitoring, laboratory, education and training purposes to improve the quality of patient care. This could be comparing different screening methods and developing new tests. If this happens your personal details will be removed.
Samples that are identifiable to you will never be used without your consent.
If you don't want your stored blood samples to be used for research, please ask the midwife to write ‘no research’ in the comments box on the request form.
You have rights in relation to the access and the use of your personal health information.
Learn more about privacy and confidentiality when using the NHS
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