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pregnancy scansWelcome to the Fetal Medicine Clinic

The Fetal Medicine Clinic at The Private GP Clinic offers high-quality Consultant-led Ultrasound Scans and Antenatal Care to women during their pregnancy.  The overall philosophy of care is to strive to ensure the well-being of the mother and the baby at all times.

We provide specialist Fetal Medicine Ultrasounds Scans on site from as early as the first trimester, and continuing through to the end of the pregnancy, to provide mothers with accurate and detailed information about the baby’s development, growth and well-being.

These high quality assessments and scans enable us to provide the very best healthcare for mother and baby, utilising the best medical evidence available. The aim is to not only to improve the outcome for the baby, but also to assess the chance of developing complications in the mother that can be associated with problems during the pregnancy.

The clinic also offers women the opportunity to have 3D and 4D scans to help them emotionally bond with the pregnancy.

In addition, The Fetal Medicine Clinic provides Antenatal appointments with our specialist Consultant in Fetal Medicine & Obstetrics. These appointments will largely provide reassurance and confidence but if there are any specific risk factors identified, further specialist care and additional appointments will be offered. 

 Professor Ranjit Akolekar, MRCOG Consultant in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics

The Fetal Medicine Services are delivered by Professor Ranjit Akolekar, MRCOG, who is an accredited Specialist Consultant in Fetal Medicine & Obstetrics. He is the Clinical Lead for Fetal Medicine at Medway NHS Foundation Trust, and also works at the Fetal Medicine Research Institute at King’s College Hospital in London – a leading clinical & research centre in the UK.

Dr Akolekar is dedicated to providing women with high-quality, individualised care during their pregnancy by offering a series of specialised ultrasound scans and antenatal appointments. The aim of these assessments is to provide women with accurate evidence-based information to optimize each woman’s experience, enjoyment and health during their pregnancy.

He is actively involved in research and his academic & clinical interests include prenatal diagnosis, and prediction of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preeclampsia, fetal growth restriction and pregnancy loss. He is widely published. 

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Fetal Scans

Well-being scan

The well-being scan is carried out in the third trimester of pregnancy from 28 to 36 weeks. In some high-risk pregnancies, such as those with previous pregnancy complications, it is sometimes necessary to check fetal growth from 28 weeks through to 36 weeks to ensure consistency and normal speed of growth. A routine third trimester scan at either 32 or 36 weeks is recommended by some specialists to ensure fetal well-being and normality of the baby’s development.

The main objectives of this scan are to assess the baby’s growth and estimate the weight, assess the amount of fluid around the baby, check the blood flows in the umbilical cord and the baby’s blood vessels and an assessment of the baby’s movements. The scan will also check the position of the placenta.

The scan appointment takes 30-40 minutes and provides reassurance to clinicians and parents regarding normality of baby’s growth and development.
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Anomaly scan

The anomaly scan is usually carried out around 20 weeks of pregnancy. The scan appointment usually takes up to an hour. It is not necessary to have a full bladder for the appointment.

The main objectives of this scan are to assess the baby’s growth, systematically check each part of the baby’s anatomy, assess the amount of fluid around the baby and ensure a normal development of the pregnancy. The assessment of baby’s body anatomy not only focusses on development of normal structure of all organs but also to ensure that there are no signs or markers of chromosomal abnormalities. The position of the placenta and it’s relationship to the opening of the cervix (neck of the womb) are also checked at this visit.

Additional assessments such as determining the chance of a premature birth, ultrasound assessment of blood flow through uterine arteries (blood vessels going from mother to the uterus) and in some cases a detailed examination of the baby’s heart can also be carried out at the same visit if necessary.
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Nucal scan

The nuchal scan is carried out from 11 to 14 weeks. This is one the first important appointments in your pregnancy.

The scan usually takes 45 minutes. It is not necessary to have a full bladder for the scan. It is usually carried out through your abdomen but on occasion, it may be necessary to do an internal scan if the views on the abdominal scanning are not satisfactory.

This main objectives of this scan are accurate dating your pregnancy, examination of basic anatomy of the baby to rule out any major defects, risk assessment for Down’s syndrome and other major chromosomal abnormalities and in case there is a multiple pregnancy, to not only ensure normal development but also to determine the type of multiple pregnancy depending of whether the babies are sharing the placenta. Risk assessment for chromosomal abnormalities is based on combined screening which takes into account your age, findings from ultrasound scan and results of blood test to check levels of proteins released from your placenta.
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Viability scan

The viability scan is carried out in early pregnancy from about 6 to 10 weeks. The scan is undertaken to ensure that the pregnancy is developing well inside the uterine cavity. We will carry out a systematic examination to check the appearance of the pregnancy sac, the early developing fetus and ensure normal appearances for early pregnancy structures.

This scan is valuable in providing reassurance to those women who experience symptoms of bleeding, abdominal pain or those who have suffered early pregnancy loss in previous pregnancies.

The scan is usually carried out by a vaginal assessment to ensure clarity of views at this early stage of pregnancy.
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