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Scannning Room

Important Information regarding COVID-19 - Please read X

Updated 26/06/2020

We wanted to update you about our plans to continue to support you during this very difficult and unsure time. We are now taking bookings 3 weeks ahead due to the uncertainty of this pandemic.  We have a link at the bottom of the page to the RCOG who give guidance for pregnancy and Covid-19 for your information – with the current changes to lock-down we are constantly reviewing our scanning policy. The RCOG guidelines do suggest that there is a slightly increased risk for pregnant women in the third trimester (28 weeks onwards) which we take very seriously – we are however beginning to reinstate 4D growth scans to our list of scans we offer from the 4th of July.

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.  Please

In keeping with guidance about social distancing, only you and one other 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 – please discuss this with us prior to your appointment.

FROM THE 15TH OF JUNE ALL OF OUR TEAM WILL BE WEARING FACE MASKS AS PER THE CHANGES IMPLEMENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT. THESE CHANGES ALSO REQUIRE THAT YOU AND ANYONE ACCOMPANYING YOU ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR FACE COVERINGS FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH US. WE ASK THAT YOU PROVIDE YOUR OWN FACE COVERINGS (we hold a very limited number of face masks for emergency use only).

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 Covid-19 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.

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

https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pregnancy/

This link is from the BBC about antenatal appointments;

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51925455

Scan choices for 20 – 30 weeks gestation

Reassurance and Gender scans

Why have a reassurance/gender scan?

The wait between your dating and anomaly scan can seem so long! From 16 weeks you (for the most part) feel entirely normal again, don’t necessarily feel pregnant and to the outside world you don’t look pregnant – so what is going on in there…… Or if you just cannot wait to find out the gender then we can help with that too.

What we do…

We measure the head, tummy and thigh to get an estimated weight and see how well your baby is growing in relation to your due date. Have a general assessment of your baby, check the movements, placenta and fluid.

We can determine your baby’s gender with very high accuracy, we take our time and look in a number of different views to clearly see little girl’s bits or little boy’s, it’s that simple! If your baby is being decidedly shy (or awkward) or we are not convinced ourselves then we will re-book you free of charge – we want to be certain!

If you don’t want to know the gender we can keep that secret as well that’s no problem at all.

We also have a glimpse at your little one in 4D and take pictures for you both in 2D and 3D (we don’t have a maximum number of pictures we take, depends on how well your little one poses!). Sometimes your baby may be in a position where we cannot clearly see it’s face in 3D/4D and we won’t be able to take pictures – but we will always try!

After the scan…

We will discuss everything that we have seen throughout the scan and complete a wellbeing checklist along with the pictures we have taken throughout the scan.
If we find anything of concern during the scan we discuss this with you giving you plenty of time to ask questions. We create a report and contact your local maternity hospital to arrange follow up for you.

16 weeks

Hmmmm boy or girl????

Reassurance scans 16-24 weeks £75

20 minute appointment
15 minute scan time
Growth measurements
Anatomy check
Wellbeing report
Gender if you would like to know!
Pictures in 2D/3D
Fully qualified sonographers

£75

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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)

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

£159

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Growth Scan

Why have a growth scan?

Sometimes the wait from seeing your baby at the half way stage at the 20 week scan to it being in your arms can be a long time! This scan does not need a referral from a healthcare professional so can be performed whenever you feel the need for additional reassurance of how well your baby is growing and what it is up to in there.

If a concern has been raised about reduced fetal movements, slow fundal growth height, or even increased fundal growth height we can give that visual reassurance that your baby is doing beautifully at a timescale that suits you.
What we do..

We have a good look at your little one and discuss everything as we move around your baby. For the growth assessment we measure the head, tummy and thigh to get an estimated weight and compare this in relation to the due date which will demonstrate where your baby is within the growth range. We assess the placenta and also the position of your baby to the placenta, so if reduced movements are a concern, we can show you where you will expect to feel your baby move. The fluid is assessed either visually or measured to ensure it is within the normal range.

We also see what your baby is up to in there and check its general behaviour – pictures are taken where possible (dependant on position and gestation) and if we can we will also have a look in 4D.

As with all our scans you are given the opportunity to ask questions throughout the scan.

After the scan..

We will discuss everything that we have seen throughout the scan and create a report with our findings for you to take away.

If any problems 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.

25 weeks old

36 weeks, chubby cheeks in 4D

“I cannot recommend Lindsay enough!! I've seen Lindsay a few times after a really difficult time to make sure things were getting back to normal and she's always been so lovely and helpful. She's always on hand to answer any questions I have and I cannot thank her enough xx”

Leanne

Growth scan 24-39+6 weeks £89

25 minute appointment £89
20 minutes scanning time
Growth measurements
Position of baby and placenta
General assessment
Scan report with discussion of all findings
Black and white 2D and 3D pictures (where possible)

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4D Growth Scan – not currently offered.

Why have a 4D growth scan?

An amazing opportunity to see what your little one gets up to in the womb! This unique bonding experience allows you to see your baby smile, yawn and even see if it has little fat cheeks!

As with all our scans ensuring your baby’s wellbeing is our priority and we always talk you through everything that we see.

The best time to perform a 4D scan is between 26-32 weeks gestation due to the size of your baby and the amount of amniotic fluid present.

After 32 weeks the amniotic fluid naturally starts to reduce which can affect the images we get of your baby due to its position and often unwillingness to move! If you are outside of the suggested range, we will try our hardest to achieve the best possible images but this is not always possible.

What we do..

With our 4D growth scans we take both 2D and 3D pictures which are saved onto a memory stick, black and white pictures for you to take away, we also take measurements to ensure you baby is growing well. We spend time looking around your baby and seeing what it is up to. If you would like the gender to remain a secret that is no problem at all, if you do already know we can always double check for you!

For the growth assessment we measure the head, tummy and thigh to get an estimated weight and compare this in relation to the due date which will demonstrate where your baby is within the growth range. We also assess the placental position and amniotic fluid.

uring the scan the ideal position for your baby is to be laying on its back, from previous scans I am sure you have experienced a naughty baby that doesn’t want to help. If this happens we will try a variety of things to get your baby moving. If despite our best efforts your little bean is far too comfortable and won’t move we will book a further scan free of charge.

As with all our scans you are given the opportunity to ask questions throughout the scan.

After the scan..

We will discuss everything that we have seen throughout the scan and complete a report with our findings along with your memory stick and pictures we have taken throughout the scan.

We don’t have a maximum number of pictures we take, all dependant on how helpful your little one is.

If any problems 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.

Too embarrassed!

Chubby cheeks

“Highly recommend Lindsay. I went for reassurance scans at 13 weeks and 18 weeks due to some issue in early pregnancy. It was a very friendly but also very informative service where I was shown and talked through different things that they may not have time to discuss in your normal hospital scans. I would definitely recommend Lindsay to anyone wanting to have extra scans.”

Kirsty

4D Growth scan 26-32 weeks (optimal time 27-29 weeks) £99

25 minute appointment £99
20 minute scanning time
Growth measurements
General assessment
Memory stick of 2D and 3D pictures
Detailed scan report
Black and white 2D and 3D picture prints (no maximum number)

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