The GrowthAssure™ scan is designed to obtain growth measurements and perform wellbeing checks on your baby after your initial NHS dating scan. This ultrasound scan is available between 14 weeks and 32 weeks gestation, and is ideal for those expectant parents who seek a regular detailed diagnostic evaluation of your baby’s development.
This pregnancy dating scan has been specifically adapted for optimum safety during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. 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.
Terms & Conditions
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, this GrowthAssure™ ultrasound scan is subject to a number of special terms and conditions:
COVID-19 (coronavirus) Pandemic Special Measures
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. 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 GrowthAssure™ 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.
The position of your baby may occasionally be such that measurements are difficult to take. If this happens to you, our sonographer may ask you to take a gentle stroll so as to get the baby moving; in the unlikely event that this does not work, one complimentary re-scan visit will be offered (subject to terms and conditions).
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 one adult guest to accompany you into the examination room. Face masks are now compulsory for all visitors attending the clinic and during the examination guests must remain seated within the physical distancing zone. Additional family members and children are welcome to view your scan through the window from outside the building, where they can watch the large screen with audio displayed from our private viewing room. Please be aware this guest policy is continually under review during the pandemic and is subject to change at short notice to comply with any Government restrictions imposed.
The diagnostic evaluations obtained whilst conducting our growth and 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.