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Ontario’s New Prenatal Screening Program

Prenatal Screening in Ontario is about to take an exciting turn, with the announcement of a new program structure.

On behalf of BORN Ontario and the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health:

A New Prenatal Screening Program for Ontario

The Better Outcomes Registry & Network (BORN) Ontario and the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health (PCMCH) are pleased to share the news that the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has announced a new Prenatal Screening Program for Ontario.

“Ontario is … investing in the creation of a provincial prenatal screening program that will enhance access to standardized and high-quality prenatal screening across the province.”  This excerpt from the 2017 Ontario Provincial Budget will allow the implementation of recommendations of the PCMCH Prenatal Screening Strategy Task Force.

For over 20 years, pregnant women in Ontario have had access to high quality prenatal screening, provided in a collaborative system which has ensured that quality and access have remained clear priorities throughout.  This new program will serve to enhance the overall system of care, continuing with a collaborative approach to working out the implementation details by working closely with key stakeholders from the MOHLTC, BORN Ontario and PCMCH, as well as with the community of providers.

We look forward to sharing more information as it becomes available.

 

Eastern Ontario: Laboratory Service Change Announcement

As of 01 July 2016, CHEO’s Biochemical Genetics Laboratory will no longer be providing prenatal screening (i.e. Integrated Prenatal Screening, First Trimester Screening and Maternal Serum Screening).  These services have transitioned to the laboratory at Mount Sinai Hospital.

 

Patients:

Prenatal screening continues to be available.  This laboratory change should not impact your care.

 

Providers:

Please refer to this letter to care providers.  This letter was distributed by CHEO to provide information and details about the transition of these laboratory services to Mount Sinai Hospital.

Follow this link to access the Mount Sinai Prenatal Screening Requisition

Follow-up services will continue to be offered through the CHEO Prenatal Genetics Clinic.

 

For further information:

Prenatal Screening Transition:  Key Messages From CHEO

CHEO Frequently Asked Questions: Prenatal Screening

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)

As a prospective parent or health care provider, you may have heard about non-invasive prenatal testing, and are wondering:

  • What is it?
  • Is it available in Ontario?
  • If so, under what circumstances?

The Prenatal Screening Subcommittee has prepared statements to help provide some clarification as to the current state in Ontario, and to advise on its activities with respect to this new technology.

Please select the appropriate link to the left for further information.