Being a specialist midwife sonographer working for the NHS I realised that what women want/need and what can actually be provided by the NHS during pregnancy is quite different. After a spell of private scanning I decided to open the Well Woman and Baby Room in October 2013 (with the huge support of my family) so that I could give women the reassurance and confidence they need to help and support them though pregnancy within their timescale of need. Pregnancy can make you feel incredibly vulnerable and I wanted (and want) to give you an unrushed, supported and informed scan experience.
I also wanted to give women access to gynaecological and fertility scans so that they could see us if they were having fertility treatment abroad or even in the UK. Being able to have these scans performed close to home, fitting your timescale can remove that additional pressure of where to go!
In November 2016 we were thrilled to open our second clinic in Haywards Heath, somehow still managing to answer the calls, emails and texts, perform the scans and do the ordering myself with occasional help from my lovely NHS colleagues!
After nearly 4 years of being the Well Woman and Baby Room we decided to simplify our name (a name I love but too wordy and despite our fab reputation not always remembered – often ‘do you mean Lindsay in Shoreham?’) so we are now ‘The Scanning Room’. With this, another chapter is beginning with the inclusion of Musculoskeletal scanning (MSK). This service enables our clients to have an ultrasound scan on muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints throughout the body to help diagnose sprains, tears and other soft tissue conditions.
I started my midwifery degree in 1999 at Northumbia University in Newcastle and ended up staying there for another six years after I qualified with a BSc (Hons) in Midwifery in 2002. As a rotational midwife I worked at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, moving between the ante-natal, post-natal and labour wards. I loved wherever I worked and then an advert for ultrasound training within the hospital was circulated and the more I looked into it the more I liked the speciality. In August 2006, I started my PGc in Obstetric Ultrasound at the University of Teeside, qualifying in 2007 and splitting my time as a midwife and sonographer.
In 2008, I moved back south and started working as a midwife at St Richards in Chichester but missed scanning too much and moved to Portsmouth QA Hospital to take up a role as a sonographer full time. In 2011, the commute to Portsmouth became too time consuming and I started work at the Royal Sussex County, Brighton where I remain to this day scanning within the ultrasound department. It was here I completed my PGd in Medical Ultrasound in 2013.
Despite scanning full time, I maintain my registration with the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC) as a midwife, keeping up to date with all mandatory training. So despite not actually delivering babies any more if one decided to make an appearance I am ready! This also allows me to give you quite a few top tips to make pregnancy easier as well.
During my time off I have worked alongside the Liverpool school of tropical medicine and the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology who sends doctors and midwives to teach other medical professionals in developing countries. I have been so lucky, my midwifery has taken me to Tanzania, Pakistan, Somaliland, Ghana and Kenya teaching obstetric emergencies to local doctors and midwives and ultimately helping to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates (something I am very proud of personally and professionally).
We will always do our utmost for you, offering you high quality healthcare. If we feel your need is with the NHS and not with us we will advise you of that and refer you on as appropriate. We will never suggest unnecessary scans, in fact we will aim to empower you further to believe in your own abilities of growing your baby beautifully!
We are very proud of what we give to our women and their families. We work to high standards with up to date, evidence based policies and guidelines, embracing my NHS training and taking it further with excellent customer care.
The health and development of you and your baby is our priority, we don’t stack them high and sell them cheap because we want you to have the best that we can give at all stages of your pregnancy.
We are registered with Care Quality Commission – the independent regulator of health and social care in England. Any sonographers that work alongside me are fully qualified sonographers, whether from a nursing/midwifery or radiography background. These are my NHS colleagues who I trust and know will treat you with the high standards that I employ.