Initial Assessment and Care

The thought of coming into hospital can be a little daunting. We naturally want to make your stay comfortable and are aware that many women would prefer the added comfort and privacy of a single amenity room during their stay. At Watford General Hospital we have two types of amenity rooms available for women to book. Amenity rooms are available for women who wish to have extra privacy after they have given birth. You will still be treated as an NHS patient, but are paying for the privacy of a single room. Please ask your midwife on admission regarding room availability.

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Having a scan in the first few months of pregnancy can be a thrilling experience. It’s amazing to see the little blob with a heartbeat that will soon become your baby. When will I have my first scan? For most mums-to-be, the first scan will be a dating scan at between 10 weeks and 13 weeks plus six days of pregnancy NICE

A full bladder is required for the dating scan and the 20 week scan. There are limitations to what scans can pick up. Not every abnormality can be seen on scan.

Bonding with your baby with scans throughout your pregnancy There is nothing quite like watching your baby in the womb for the first time. The London Ultrasound Centre provides the opportunity to supplement your two NHS scans and bond with your unborn child. We have packages and special offers available to suit all budgets and the extra scans can bring you peace of mind should you need extra reassurance at any stage. NHS wraparound scans The NHS typically only offers two scans during pregnancy at around twelve weeks dating scan and twenty weeks anomaly scan.

Both scans check the development of the baby and the twenty week scan is usually where the gender of your baby can be revealed, if so desired. At the London Ultrasound Centre we can offer you a complete spectrum of private ultrasound scans throughout your pregnancy. If you chose to have NHS scans we can offer additional private scans to complement the scans that you receive on the NHS.

Dating scan

What will you do with your scan photos? When will I have my dating scan? You’ll have a dating scan, also known as a week scan between about 10 weeks and 14 weeks of pregnancy. You’ll only have a scan before this, between six weeks and 10 weeks, if you’ve experienced bleeding , pain, or problems in a previous pregnancy Miscarriage Association nd.

Screening for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s Syndrome This information should be read together with the NHS Screening Programmes booklet ‘Screening tests for you and your baby’ which is in your booking pack. Combined screening during your dating scan: What will happen if I decide to have the test?

Contact Us Early Pregnancy Scan 6 weeks We at MUMS understand that the first few months of pregnancy can be quite an anxious time for many women with various concerns as to whether the pregnancy is developing normally or that it may result in a miscarriage or even an ectopic pregnancy. An Early Pregnancy Scan sometimes also called a Viability Scan or Dating Scan provides reassurance in this very early stage of your pregnancy. A pregnancy can be seen from as early as 6 weeks from the first day of your last period LMP and not the date of conception.

If you have had any bleeding or pain or any other symptoms then this scan will accurately confirm viability. Sometimes it is requested by a doctor or midwife to confirm that your pregnancy is healthy in this case your scan is often called a viability scan and to calculate the date when your baby is due usually referred to as a dating scan.

It can also be performed to confirm the results of a pregnancy test or just to provide you with some reassurance that all is progressing as it should be. At MUMS we are very proud of our professional experienced and caring staff who will ensure that you receive the best care possible and give advice and support where appropriate. Your reasons for having an Early Pregnancy Scan are to: We will always try to scan trans-abdominally first but if we need to do an internal scan then this will not be harmful in any way to the baby and would be discussed prior to having the scan.

What happens during an ultrasound scan?

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When Do You Have Your Dating Scan Nhs After suffering an ectopic pregnancy we needed the reassurance that everything was progressing well and couldnt have been better looked after.. Nuchal Scan on NHS? She spent time explaining the scan to us and was very understanding regarding our concerns. About 15 per cent of scans will be done again for one reason or another. We were welcomed straight away and went into the scan room without having to wait.

anomaly scan. Contacting DQASS 27 Completing blood test forms 28 Flag status 29 Managing red flags 34 Throughput (number of scans undertaken per cycle) 35 Guidance for managing red flag for throughput 36 Scenarios

Ultrasound Scans What is an ultrasound scan? An ultrasound machine uses sound waves to create an image on a computer screen. The person who does the scan is called a sonographer. The sonographer will explain about the scan during your appointment. How is the scan arranged? If you decide you would like to have a scan, your midwife will tell you where it can be done and will arrange the appointment for you.

If you have been given an appointment and then decide you do not want a scan, please tell your midwife and cancel the appointment. How is the scan done?

Scans, tests and screening

Your midwife will advise you which tests are offered and why. These tests can help you find out about your own health and the health of your baby before birth. The information these tests can provide will help you make choices about your pregnancy, and help your midwife provide the best care possible during your pregnancy and the birth.

The diagram below explains what tests will be performed, and at which stage of the pregnancy: Click to expand image FAQs You may want to ask some or all of these questions before deciding whether to have a test:

Currently maternity inpatient services are provided on one site (Watford) with outpatient services provided on three sites (Watford, Hemel and St Albans).

Pre-scan preparation Need to expose abdomen so ideally wear 2 piece garment i. Please do not empty your bladder before the examination. Guide to number of guests Whilst guests are always welcome, the shorter duration of our Fast Result Scans means we cannot accommodate more than 3 plus yourself during the whole of your appointment. This scan will provide ladies with an affordable scan to check or reconfirm the dating of their pregnancy so far.

It will capture key information allowing ladies to feel reassured and in a position to make key decisions such as sharing the pregnancy with family and friends. What if my scan shows something is wrong or I need help after my appointment? Very rarely, there may be a problem that is totally unexpected and we are the bearers of bad news.

Ultrasound scans during pregnancy

At 10 weeks, your baby measures about 3cm 1. Nearly all scans after 10 weeks can be done through your tummy, and most units ask you to arrive with a full bladder. Anyway, I convinced them not to induce me and luckily went into labour naturally that night. Measurements at such an early stage aren’t accurate which is why they wait for 12 weeks to date you.

However, the midwife just based it on a normal 28 day cycle and said 3rd. So my advice to you would be not to be gutted if they put you back, but to be happy that they don’t put you forward because that way the baby will probably come slightly earlier or ‘on time’ according to their date and you won’t have to fight not to be induced and hang around for 2 weeks longer than expected, feeling like a massive beached whale and having people phone you everyday asking ‘Any news?

All women who choose to give birth at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are offered an appointment to have an early scan, between weeks

I believe there are more generous arrangements currently available elsewhere in UK. We suspected a problem as Pauline could no longer follow her favourite TV programs, as she could not remember the story line from the previous episode. Pauline used to forget what she was saying mid-sentence on a regular basis, but as I used to often anticipate her thoughts we had managed very well for some time.

It was annoying for her when she forgot the need for a loo visit until too late, but again we managed without a fuss with incontinence pants, which we bought privately rather than trouble the NHS. However Pauline admitted to me for the first time that she failed to recognise people she had seen only a few days before, and covered this up by being friendly when people approached her. Pauline also admitted that she would get distressed when I was outside the house, and she had forgotten how the TV Remote worked, as I usually did all the channel changes when we were together in the room.

Although Pauline had not driven a car for several years we were told to give up her Driving Licence, and get a Lasting Power of Attorney document signed as soon as we could.

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