My son or daughter needs a repeat. Should I be worried?


It is common practice for those individuals who have been screened under the CRY screening programme to be called back for a repeat screen. This is usually the case when we screen someone who’s 14 or 15, who is still prepubertal. If we bear in mind that people reach puberty at different ages and the puberty side of things is very important for us because many diseases only show themselves during puberty. So if we see a 14 year old who is physically immature, we will always ask them to come back at the age of 15 or 16 to ensure that we’ve repeated the tests post puberty. So it’s not unusual to have annual repeats in I’d say up to a fifth of the people that we screen.