Available from 14 weeks gestation, our WellbeingAssure™ scan is designed to perform observational wellbeing checks after your initial NHS dating scan. This is the perfect option for those expectant parents who seek regular reassurance of baby’s wellbeing both prior to or after the 20 week anomaly scan. Our experienced sonographer will observe heartbeat, movement, placental site, amniotic fluid volume and position of baby, all of which will be documented in the form of a wellbeing report.
This WellbeingAssure™ does not include growth measurements as such for ultimate piece of mind you may wish to consider the GrowthAssure™ option should you require a more detailed diagnostic evaluation of your baby’s development.
This scan has been specifically adapted for optimum safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Scan time is limited to a maximum of 5 minutes, and all staff will be wearing an approved level of PPE for your protection. Your scan report and imagery will be sent to you digitally to support infection control measures.
Your scan will be conducted using an abdominal ultrasound probe (external on the abdomen), and it is important to recognise that imagery obtained is derived from the reflection of sound waves passing through your abdomen creating the visual image. The level of diagnostic evaluation and visibility achievable can differ greatly between clients – especially in cases of a high BMI, which can result in poor image resolution, possibly leading to an inconclusive evaluation.
Terms & Conditions
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, this WellbeingAssure™ ultrasound scan is subject to a number of special terms and conditions:
COVID-19 (coronavirus) Referral Procedure to NHS
This scan has been specifically developed for optimum safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with the primary purpose of this scan being to achieve an essential diagnostic evaluation of your unborn baby. Scan time is limited to a maximum of 5 minutes in an attempt to reduce the risk of infection during the examination. All staff will be wearing an approved level of PPE for your protection, and your scan report and imagery will be sent to you digitally to support infection control measures. Full details of our special procedures will be emailed along with your appointment confirmation. Please be aware that none-essential ‘bonding & souvenir’ scans breach the social distancing measures (law in Wales) as defined at the Amber phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic, however, the provision of essential diagnostic baby scans performed by qualified obstetric sonographers is permitted.
Scan Time & Baby’s Safety
Your WellbeingAssure™ scan will last for approximately 5 minutes. As an ethical and regulated provider we comply with the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS) guidelines, only scanning for as long as it necessitates to achieve the required diagnostic evaluation. Whilst we appreciate longer scan times promoted by other scan companies may seem appealing, the safety and wellbeing of your baby is paramount and should not be compromised.
Referral Procedure to NHS
In the event we identify matters of concern and it is considered a further detailed diagnostic assessment is required, a referral to your NHS GP/Midwife will be provided in accordance with our approved procedures. Referrals to NHS will only be provided when there is justified concern.
This scan is excluded from our Guarantee to minimise the chance of virus transmission from staff to client and vice versa through repeat visits.
Multiple Pregnancy Surcharge
A multiple pregnancy will require further scan time in order to conduct the detailed assessment of multiple foetus; as such we charge an additional £20 to account for the extended appointment time allocated.
Sonographers & Regulation
All ultrasound scans are performed by qualified and experienced obstetric Sonographers registered with the Health Professions Council (HPC).
During the pandemic we are permitting a maximum of one adult guest to accompany you into the examination room. Face masks will be compulsory for all visitors attending the clinic and during the examination your guest must remain seated within the 2 metre physical distancing zone. At this time additional family members and children are not permitted inside the clinic, however they are welcome to view your scan through the window from outside the building, where it can be watched on a large screen with audio displayed from our private viewing room.
The diagnostic evaluations obtained whilst conducting our growth & wellbeing scans provide valuable insight into baby’s continual development and wellbeing, designed to compliment but not replace your NHS Dating/NT (12-14wks) and Anomaly scans (20 wks). Whilst each scan type has a specific purpose, gestation age criteria and defined reporting protocols, our qualified Sonographers have an ethical obligation to highlight, report and refer matters of concern which may be outside the scope/protocols of the performed scan. In some circumstances further NHS evaluation and screening may be required; however the gestation age criteria for such evaluations will be determined by your NHS Antenatal provider.
Arrive with a full bladder as this will assist with magnification of scan imagery. Please do NOT empty bladder prior to scan. Sugar in the blood stream will assist with baby’s movement. Remove any belly piercings in advance of your appointment. We will need to expose your abdomen during the scan, as such please consider wearing a two piece outfit in order that we may respect your dignity.