Blood test for Down's Syndrome Screening
We are one of the centres in the UK now offering the Harmony test for screening for Down's Syndrome. A simple blood test taken from the mother during pregnancy (from 10 weeks onwards) which strongly predicts most common chromosomal abnormalities such as Trisomy 21 (Down's Syndrome), Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome), Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome).
The Harmony test has been shown to have detection rates of over 99% for Down's Syndrome. Furthermore, the harmony test is safe in pregnancy and does not put the pregnancy at risk of miscarriage. This is because it removes the need for stressful invasive testing such as (chorionic villous sampling (CVS) or amniocentesis).
All that is required is a blood sample from the mother, which is taken from 10 weeks gestation. The results are available in under 7 working days.