Screening Tests & Scans

Choosing whether to have screening for chromosomal disorders and abnormalities in pregnancy is a big decision, and you need to know what and when to do it. When you come to see us, we will explain and discuss all the options available to you for screening. Most mothers will have a dating scan at 7-8 weeks, Non invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) testing at 10-13 weeks, and a mid-pregnancy (anomaly) scan at 18-21 weeks. In addition, some mothers with high-risk pregnancies will need extra scans.

Ultrasound Scans

Mothers usually have two or three standard ultrasound scans during the pregnancy – a dating scan at 8 -10, 1st trimester screening at 10-13 weeks and a detailed anomaly scan at 19-20 weeks. A further wellbeing scan is also done at 32 weeks if needed.

Mr Sheridan will offer regular ultrasound scans at your antenatal appointments to monitor your baby’s growth and wellbeing. Your pregnancy package includes the cost of all ultrasound scans, excluding first trimester screening scans at 10-13 weeks and the detailed anomaly scan at 18-21 weeks.

First trimester Screening

If you are intending to have screening (major chromosomal abnormality screening), we suggest patients go to the Fetal Medicine Centre in London to have this scan. The first part of this is performed at 10 weeks of pregnancy. The nuchal screen is performed from 11-14 weeks of pregnancy.

We will discuss the scan with you at your first appointment, and will give you the information on how to arrange it. The fee for the test is paid directly to the Fetal Medicine Centre.

Blood Tests

Pregnancy blood tests are usually performed once between 10-14 weeks and some repeated at 28 weeks, more frequently if there are complications. All tests will be explained to you beforehand.

Routine blood tests are generally performed at Spire Bushey Hospital. The total cost of these during pregnancy will be in the region of £500 – £600.

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