Pathology Handbook

Ante-Natal Screen



Clinical Indications

Routine screen for Rubella immunity and infectious diseases in pregnancy

Test includes

Rubella immunity (IgG antibody), Hepatitis B surface antigen, Syphilis serology, HIV 1 & 2 antibodies and p24 antigen (unless HIV antibody test declined)

Request Form

ICE request or manual ante-natal request form


Batch testing weekly, usually on Tuesdays

Specific Criteria

If any test is declined by the patient this MUST be clearly indicated on the request form

Turnaround Time

Up to 5 working days from receipt of sample


Blood, Gold top (SST) tube


7 ml


Vacutainer gold top


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample
Under-filled or haemolysed samples

Reference Range


Lab Handling

Aliquot and store at 4ºC until testing, samples stored at -40ºC for 12 months post testing