1. Detailed ultrasound scans by Specialist Fetal Medicine doctors to examine the baby in the womb
2. Fetal Cardiology (heart scanning) with Consultant Paediatric Cardiologists
3. Diagnostic tests in pregnancy:
4. Treatment to the baby in the womb:
5. Liaison with all relevant paediatric specialities (e.g. neonatologists, surgeons, neurologists, nephrologists and specialist nurses).
Specialist Doctors perform detailed ultrasound scans and it is likely that more than one person will scan your baby during your visit. Your partner, a relative or close friend may accompany you. We recommend that you arrange for your children to be cared for at home as it is easier to discuss any issues arising from your scan if children are not present. On arrival please check in at our reception desk, which is located on E. Level. It is important that you arrive on time for your appointment. Urgent and high-risk patients who attend the Unit may require longer than their allocated appointment time. This can delay the clinic and we would appreciate your patience. When you arrive we will try to keep closely to your appointment time and will inform you if there is a delay.
When your ultrasound scan is finished the doctor(s) an/or the midwife will sit down with you and explain what has been seen. If any differences/problems are found this will be fully explained and you will have time to ask questions and discuss this with the doctor(s) and/or the midwife. You will be given a detailed report with all the information about your visit and all of the baby's measurements. Your referring hospital and GP will also receive this report.
In some cases diagnostic tests (e.g. CVS/amniocentesis) may be offered to give you and the doctor additional information about your baby. These will be discussed in detail with you and written information given. Tests are optional and we understand that you may need time to come to a decision. It is usually possible to perform these tests on the same day as your detailed scan if this what you decide. Following the test you will be told when the test results will be ready, and how you will be informed of the results.
When your appointment is over you will be given a contact telephone number for the Fetal Medicine midwives who are available to give further information and support following your visit. If you need a follow-up appointment, this will be booked before you leave the unit. Your local hospital team will continue to have overall responsibility for your pregnancy.
Fetal Medicine Consultants:
Mr David Howe
Dr Karen Brackley
Dr Raji Parasuraman
Dr Tara Selman
Dr Jillian Connor
Dr Ineke Van Herwijnen
Dr Ganga Verma
Dr David Black
Dr Tara Bharucha
Dr Kevin Roman
Mr Charlie Keys
Mr Nigel Hall
We are a university teaching and research hospital. Occasionally there may be some trials/studies that you may be asked if you would like to participate in.
Contact number: 02381206025 / 02381204228 (secretaries)
Further information about our Fetal Medicine Unit can be found at our website here.
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