As demand for 4D ultrasound scans increases, we're seeing more and more new people entering the field and offering to provide baby scan experiences at competitive prices. Sadly, the quality of the service provided varies hugely from one company to the next, and it's heartbreaking when expectant parents pay for a private scan and end up with low-grade images that are barely even worth sharing.
Here at First Encounters, we strive to deliver the best possible service to our customers. We firmly believe that we're head and shoulders above most scan providers operating in the UK today - here are 10 reasons why:
1. We are an approved and regulated scan provider.
First Encounters Ultrasound is registered with and approved by the Care Quality Commission. As a CQC-regulated provider, we ensure that you are cared for by qualified healthcare professionals (our sonographers) who are licensed to perform ultrasound scans using equipment that is certified safe for purpose.
2. We employ licensed sonographers who are qualified and experienced.
All of our sonographers are registered with the Health Professionals Council, the regulator for health professionals throughout the UK. In order to achieve HPC-registered status, one must meet the Council's standards for training, behaviour, health/hygiene, and professional skills. Many of the 4D ultrasound scan packages currently flooding the market are NOT carried out by registered healthcare professionals, which could mean that potential complications with your pregancy go undetected.
3. We use advanced GE Healthcare equipment with HDlive technology.
Our scans are carried out using the latest GE Voluson E6 ultrasound machines, with genuine HDlive technology. GE Healthcare are the #1 manufacturer for the baby scan sector and their equipment is championed by legitimate scan clinics across the globe - no other unit comes close to the standard of clarity that our machines produce (especially when it comes to 4D HDlive scans
4. Our equipment is certified safe for purpose.
Every piece of machinery we use to carry out our customers' baby scans is inspected, tested, and certified safe for purpose. Many scan providers, sadly, do not meet this standard, using uncertified and potentially unsafe equipment that puts both mother and baby at risk.
5. We are accomplished in both diagnostic and souvenir imaging.
Our sonographers specialise in diagnostic ultrasound scanning, meaning that they are qualified to carry out your souvenir scan AND assess the health and growth of your unborn child.
6. We provide printed pregnancy reports with every scan.
Everyone who undergoes a scan at one of our clinics also receives a First Encounters pregnancy report
. This is a detailed document containing all the information we gather during your scan, such as gestation age, estimated due date, various measurements, and the position of your baby inside the womb.
7. All of our employees are trusted, caring professionals.
We've already described the qualifications and accreditations that our sonographers hold, but just as important is the friendly, caring approach employed by everyone here at First Encounters, from our administrative staff to the sonographers themselves. We do everything we can to make each customer feel totally welcome and completely at ease when they come for their scan.
8. Our scans are carried out in a relaxed, spacious clinic environment.
As mentioned above, we're committed to ensuring that expectant parents feel relaxed and at ease in our clinics. Our clinics are comfortable and modern, with enough space to accommodate everyone who might attend. We also maintain very high standards of hygiene and safety within our clinics.
9. Children, family and friends are always welcome.
Each scanning room has space for up to 6 guests. You are more than welcome to bring anyone you wish, including friends, relatives, and even young children who are eager to say hello to the newest member of the family!
10. We offer a comprehensive and competitive range of scan packages.
Unlike many providers who simply offer a single 'one-size-fits-all' scan package, we have ten different packages to choose from. The best package for you will depend on the type of images you wish to capture, how far along you are, and the souvenirs
you want to take home after the scan. Click here
to compare the available options.
Still not convinced? Take a look at our Reviews
page, or look at what our customers have been saying about us on Facebook
Vacancies in Portishead and Cardiff Gate
Would you like to work for First Encounters? We are currently looking to recruit two part-time receptionists
; one for our clinic in Portishead
, and another for our Cardiff
This is a weekend role that has become available due to our ongoing expansion. To apply, please email your CV to email@example.com
(please indicate whether you are applying to work in Portishead or Cardiff).
- Excellent interpersonal communication skills
- Good telephone manner
If your application is successful, your duties will include:
- Welcoming pre-booked clients
- Booking and amending appointments
- Taking payments
- Answering the phone
- Providing support to other team members to ensure the clinic's smooth running
About First Encounters
First Encounters Ultrasound is an established and fully-regulated baby scan clinic with locations in Bristol and Cardiff. We specialise in 3D/4D bonding experiences, which give expectant parents a detailed glimpse into their unborn baby's world. We also offer traditional 2D ultrasound scans for reassurance, dating, and gender confirmation (if requested).
Each of our clinics is staffed by a team of friendly and knowledgeable sonographers and administrative staff. We offer competitive pay and a comfortable, modern working environment. For further details about our service, call 02920 732671
or visit our website
We are sorry to announce that the First Encounters Ultrasound clinic in Swindon is no longer open. If you were hoping to use our Swindon Clinic we invite you to take a look at our Bristol clinic which is likely to be the next nearest clinic to you. We also have a clinic in Cardiff if this is more appropriate for you.
The address of our Bristol Clinic is:
Pure Business Park,
We look forward to seeing you there! If you have any questions or to book a scan at one of our clinics online, click here.