About your scans and tests

Our specially trained team performs a wide variety of ultrasound examinations. They check that your pregnancy is going as planned with anomaly and growth scans. This involves making a diagnosis from images seen on an ultrasound monitor. Your doctor or midwife will explain at what stage in your pregnancy you may have an ultrasound scan. You will usually be referred to the hospital for this type of examination. All scanning takes place on the 8th floor of North Wing at St Thomas’ Hospital, in either the fetal medicine unit or the ultrasound department. The examination takes around minutes. The sonographer specialist who performs the ultrasound exam :.

Changes to maternity services

Throughout your pregnancy, you will be offered a number of screening tests to check the health of you and your baby. It is your choice whether you want to have the tests and your community midwife will be able to answer any questions or concerns you have before you make a decision. During your first appointment with the midwife, we will ask your permission to take a blood and urine sample for routine screening.

informed by letter from NHS England to ‘shield’ for 12 weeks (e.g. Dating scan +/- nuchal translucency and combined screening blood.

All women will be offered ultrasound scans of their baby at around 12 and 20 weeks. Ultrasound scanning has been used extensively in pregnancy and is accepted to be safe. This scan also measures the baby and estimates how many weeks pregnant you are. If you are more than 8 weeks pregnant this is an accurate calculation, and will be used to estimate the date your baby is due to be born known as estimated date of delivery or EDD.

This is discussed in more detail here. This is a screening test that checks for possible physical problems with your baby. The test is offered to all women, but not everyone will choose to have it. If you choose not to have this scan your choice will be respected and you will be offered a later pregnancy management scan.

Ultrasound scans in pregnancy

Due to the COVID pandemic, we have made some changes to our services for the safety and care of our patients and staff. For more information, please see our maternity visiting restrictions. Meridian Team Midwives are based in the Maternity Unit. They provide continuing midwifery care for you should you need extra care. They are also available should your midwives not be or if you live in Kingsbridge, Ivybridge or Salcombe.

Obstetricians are available should you experience complications in your pregnancy, or if you wish for a consultation.

one additional adult is welcome to attend the first dating/nuchal obstetric scan Across the Trust there are approximately antenatal scans taking place.

If you have a new continuous cough , a high temperature , or a loss or change to your sense of taste or smell , do not come to our hospitals. Follow the national advice. Patients and visitors must wear a face covering in our hospitals. This site is best viewed with a modern browser. You appear to be using an old version of Internet Explorer. This early ultrasound scan provides important information about the number of babies present and the expected date of delivery.

Pregnancy and the fetal heart can be seen from six weeks gestation by vaginal scan, and from eight to nine weeks by abdominal scan. Accurate measurements and images are taken of the gestational sac and the ‘crown to rump’ length of the embryo, to accurately date the pregnancy. Please see ‘Screening’ for further information. Careful and accurate measurements of the baby are taken to monitor the baby’s wellbeing. At this scan your umbilical artery dopplers will be measured; these measurements help us to detect those babies who may be at higher risk of not growing as we expect.

Scans during pregnancy

During your pregnancy, you’ll be offered a range of tests, including blood tests and ultrasound baby scans. They are designed to help make your pregnancy safer, check and assess the development and wellbeing of you and your baby, and screen for particular conditions. You don’t have to have any of the tests, but you need to understand the purpose of them so you can decide whether to have them or not.

They check your baby’s size and, at the early pregnancy dating scan, It’s also sometimes referred to as the NT (nuchal translucency) scan.

Across the Trust there are approximately antenatal scans taking place each week, and approximately are the first dating or nuchal obstetric scans. We understand how important this is to you and have undergone a rigorous assessment to determine the changes needed in order to accommodate an extra person. We will be implementing social distancing measures, using additional hospital space as waiting areas, implementing a higher level cleans, using additional staff members to escort partners in and out of the waiting area.

Please see the following FAQs that may help to answer some of your queries surrounding this decision:. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, it has been difficult for us to accommodate an extra person to ultrasound scans due to factors such as insufficient space in the waiting areas, social distancing requirements and higher levels of disinfectant cleaning required. This update does not include any subsequent scans including the 20 week anomaly scan appointments or antenatal clinic appointments apart from in exceptional circumstances.

When deciding which scan appointment to offer, we consulted with a selection of patients attending scan appointments during the Covid pandemic, and the Wakefield Maternity Voices Partnership. Unanimous feedback suggested a preference for the first dating or nuchal obstetric scan 10 to 14 weeks in case there was a problem or they found out they were having twins. Some people said that although it would be nice to have someone with them when they found out the gender, they were in agreement that the first dating or nuchal obstetric scan would be their preference.

At the moment you will need to attend the 20 week scan by yourself. However, we are continuing to explore options to make this available in the future.

Ultrasound scanning in pregnancy

Homerton offers all expectant women tests, to screen you and your baby for certain conditions that may affect either you or your baby, or both. Screening information All tests are free, and it is your choice if you want to be tested. Your midwife or GP will explain each test to you and will be able to answer any questions you may have. Your midwife will ask you to sign a consent form if you wish to be tested.

What tests do we offer at Homerton?

Dating scan at around 12 weeks. This is a basic scan to check your baby’s heartbeat and development. This scan also measures the baby and estimates how.

It is important that you see a Midwife as early as possible in your pregnancy. Women have their first and longest Antenatal appointment between 6 – 12 weeks of pregnancy with their Midwife. This is called a “booking” visit and involves questions about your health, any illnesses or previous pregnancies. This helps us to see if there may be any possible problems during your pregnancy and allows us to tailor your Antenatal care for your specific needs.

At the start of your pregnancy, during your booking visit, your Midwife will make an assessment based on your previous and current medical and pregnancy history. If you have not had any problems, then the Midwife will state that you are low risk and will be suitable for Midwifery-led care. This means that you will have all of your Antenatal care provided by the Midwife, and you will only need to attend the hospital for routine scan appointments.

You will not see an Obstetrician unless a problem arises. During your pregnancy we will continuously assess you and your baby to ensure that we provide the appropriate care for you and your baby. At or around 36 weeks the Midwife will discuss your birth plan with you and complete a Risk Assessment to check that your pregnancy has been uneventful. If you and the Midwife are happy, then they will state that you are low risk and will give you the contact details for the Midwifery-led Unit to call when you are in labour.

If all is well you will stay low risk. If you remain on the high risk pathway you may be seen more often at the hospital Antenatal Clinic where your care will be shared between your Obstetrician, specialist teams and Community Midwife. Your Midwife will discuss an individual plan of care with you and, once you have agreed the pattern of your appointments with your Midwife, they will let you know how to make these arrangements.

Antenatal care

We provide a range of community services in Harrogate and the local area as well as across North Yorkshire and Leeds. At your initial booking appointment, you will be offered a range of important tests to screen for certain conditions that may affect your pregnancy. It is important for you to be aware that ultrasound scanning is a form of screening and is done to perform important checks on the health and development of your baby.

The combined test involves a blood test and a nuchal translucency NT ultrasound scan in the first trimester of pregnancy, normally at 12 weeks.

Booking/dating scan (between weeks) – At this scan, we will of fluid behind your baby’s neck (the nuchal translucency) which can be an.

Antenatal Care. Complex Pregnancies. Patient Information. Your Midwife will arrange to see you for regular antenatal appointments during your pregnancy where they will check the wellbeing of both you and your baby. Most of these visits will be in your local Birthing Centre , GP surgery or Children’s Centre but occasionally they may be arranged at your home. You will need to go to hospital for your ultrasound scans.

If you are expecting your first child, you will have up to ten appointments.

What happens at a scan and what will they tell me?