Scannning Room

Important Information regarding COVID-19 - Please read X

We wanted to update you about our plans to continue to support you during this very difficult and unsure time. We are only taking bookings up to 2 weeks ahead due to the uncertainty of this pandemic. WE ARE ALSO ONLY PERFORMING SCANS THAT ARE ESSENTIAL AT THIS TIME.

We are classed as medical and diagnostic therefore able to provide you and your family with essential antenatal and women’s health ultrasound scans during your pregnancy.  We have suspended any 4D scans to allow us to focus more capacity for urgent scan appointments whilst the NHS is under unprecedented pressure.

In keeping with guidance only two people can attend the scan at any one time, we are asking for everyone to attend on time and not early for their scan to reduce time waiting in the reception area. We are asking you where possible to leave children at home.

On arrival please use the hand sanitiser or bathroom to wash your hands.

At the end of each scan you will not need to wait around and can leave directly from the scanning room which again reduces time with anyone else waiting in reception. The scanning room is then cleaned before the next patient arrives. Our staff are maintaining a stringent hand washing policy to reduce the risk of transmission.

The overwhelming need to keep your families and ours safe will mean that if you or anyone within your home is displaying any signs of the coronavirus or in self isolation please stay away and we will see you after the 14 day isolation period.

We completely understand the worry at this point, pregnancy can be a time of anxiety as it is without this additional concern  – we have attached a link to a valuable source of information which will hopefully be able to answer any concerns you have – we are also here if you have any questions.

If you wish to cancel your appointment we also completely understand but please get in touch and we can go from there.

In short we are talking every measure to keep you, your family and our families safe at this time.

Keep well and you know where we are if you need anything.

Kindest regards,

The Scanning Room Team xx

This link is from the BBC about antenatal appointments;

19 to 24 weeks

Anomaly scan

Why would you have an anomaly scan?

An anomaly scan can be performed from 18+6 weeks to 21+6 weeks but ideally performed around 20 weeks. The scan will effectively check your baby’s development from head to toe, assessing the growth, placental position and amniotic fluid. We can perform this scan with the flexibility of your timescale not always achieved with the NHS.

We can also provide this scan as a second opinion to an anomaly scan already performed or to complete an anomaly scan when all structures have not been clearly seen.

What we do..

We measure your baby’s femur, head an abdominal circumference to compare the growth against the due date. The following anatomical structures are also assessed; Skull/brain, profile/lips, heart/chest, abdomen/cord insertion, kidneys, bladder, limbs, spine and placental position. The scan is performed to the Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP) standards set out by Public Heath England for clinical care standards within the NHS.

The anomaly scan is a screening tool; it cannot see every abnormality and it does not guarantee a healthy baby. Some problems/abnormalities may not be present or visible but develop at a later stage (for example diaphragmatic hernia).

Throughout the scan we talk you through everything we are looking at so you get to know your little one and how well it is developing. We also take pictures in 2D for you and have a little look in 4D as well.

After the scan..

A detailed report will be created with all our findings and discussed with you giving you every opportunity to ask questions. This report should go alongside your maternity notes.

If any problems or abnormalities are found, these will be discussed with you and where possible/known the implications will also be discussed. A referral will be made for you to your local midwife, GP or local hospital/antenatal clinic and appropriate follow up will be arranged.

Sometimes when abnormalities are found we cannot give you the exact implications/outcomes for your baby, we will give you as much information as possible but you will require specialist referral for a clear diagnosis.

(Please note this scan may be available for free at your local NHS hospital)

Count my fingers

And my toes

Anomaly scan 19 - 24 weeks (optimal time 20 weeks) £159

Anomaly scan 19 – 24 weeks (optimal time 20 weeks)

40 minute appointment
30 minute scanning time
Growth measurements
Full anatomy check to FASP guidelines
Detailed scan report
Pictures in 2D and 3D
Fully qualified sonographers