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Obstetric and Gynaecology Ultrasound Department

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We provide pregnancy and gynaecology ultrasound examinations. To achieve this we apply a clear gel to the skin to allow a small hand-held probe to slide over your abdomen to produce images via sound reflected from the internal structures. It is safe to use in pregnancy and from any age from birth to the elderly.

We welcome one adult to accompany you during your ultrasound examination. Ultrasound scanning requires a high level of concentration on the part of the sonographer. For this reason we suggest you arrange childcare to cover your hospital visit.

Ultrasound scans are also provided for patients with problems in early pregnancy via the Early Pregnancy and Gynaecology Assessment Unit, (Peggy Cole Unit). The unit is located on Floor 5 of the Maternity Block.

Who you will meet Your examination will be performed by a sonographer who is specially trained and qualified in the use of diagnostic ultrasound. We also have imaging assistants and receptionist in our team who provide administrative and other support to the sonographers. The department facilitates the training of staff including medical and nursing staff and radiographers.
Pregnancy scans You will normally be offered a minimum of 2 ultrasound scans during your pregnancy, a dating/nuchal scan and a mid-pregnancy anomaly scan. A picture of your baby can be taken for you during the scan so please askthesonographer if you decide to purchase one. A charge of £5.00 will be made. Please bring the correct money (£1.00 and 50p coins), as a receipt needs to be obtained from a stamp machine to exchange for your print.

Dating scan
The first scan is called a dating scan and is used to see how far along in your pregnancy you are and to check your baby's development.You will be asked to attend your appointment with a full bladder, as this makes the ultrasound image clearer. Some abnormalities may also be detected at this scan.

Nuchal translucency scan
To screen for Down's syndrome, you will need to undergo a nuchal translucency scan. This is often undertaken at the same time as your dating scan. This type of ultrasound works in the same way as a normal ultrasound scan, but it focuses on measuring the fluid at the nape of the baby's neck.

Mid-pregnancy anomaly scan
The second ultrasound scan is often called a mid-trimester anomaly scan and it usually happens between 18 weeks + 0 days and 20 weeks + 6 days of pregnancy and screens for major structural anomalies. Before you agree to undergo this scan, you should make sure you understand that the aim of this scan is to check your baby's development and that problems with your baby may be found. It is important to note that not all abnormalities can be seen on an ultrasound scan. It is not always possible to check everything at one scan and you may be asked to return at a later date when the baby is bigger and easier to look at. We are happy to try to determine the sex of your baby during the normal scan time, however it is not always possible without extending the scanning time, and accuracy cannot be guaranteed.

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Where to find us
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We are located on the ground floor of the Maternity Block directly adjacent to the Antenatal clinic, accessed via Entrance 7 on the hospital site map.
When we are open We are open in the Obstetric and Gynaecology Ultrasound Department:

8am – 7.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday
8am - 5pm Thursday
8.10am – 12.30pm Saturday
Opening times may occasionally be adjusted according to staffing levels
Early Pregnancy and Gynaecology Assessment Unit: 8.00am-15.30 am, Monday - Friday

How to contact us Obstetric and Gynaecology Ultrasound Department Reception Tel:01473 703106, Mon-Fri 8.00am-5pm.