Q: How do I calculate how many weeks into my pregnancy I am?
A: If you have a 28 day period cycle length (28 days from the start of one period to the start of the next period) it is the number of weeks since the first day of your last period. An example of this is if your period date was the 1.1.19 on the 11.2.19 you would be 6 weeks pregnant. If your cycle length is more or less than 28 days your pregnancy may be earlier or later than this calculation estimates.
Q: How early do I need to arrive?
A: Please arrive 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment time so you can complete the necessary paperwork.
Q: How long will my appointment take?
A: Depending on the type of scan you book, you may be with us for 30 minutes to an hour. Please take a look at our Scan Options section.
Q: How many people can I bring with me?
A: We have 5 seats for guests in the Scan Room, however you can bring as many guests as you'd like to join you during your scan.
Q: Can I bring children to my scan?
A: Yes! It's great to involve them.
Q: Do I still need to attend my NHS scan appointments?
A: Yes! It is important to attend any appointments scheduled by your GP, Midwife or Consultant. The scans you have in the NHS are for a specific purpose and it's essential that you attend these as they are integral to the care of you and your baby.
Q: How will my scan be performed?
A: Our scans are all performed trans-abdominally (on your abdomen).
Q: What should I wear?
A: Please wear clothing you'll be comfortable in - we'll just need to get to the area of your abdomen between your belly button and underwear.
Q: Do I need a full bladder?
A: Not too full! Drinking 500 to 750 mls (3 to 4 cups) of water half an hour prior to your scan appointment should be enough. If you're booking for a 3D/4D scan, filling your bladder won't be necessary you'll be pleased to know!
Q: Can I have a scan if I know I'm expecting twins?
A: Of course! Please let us know when booking your scan if you know you are expecting twins (or more!) so that we can allocate more time.
Q: Can I park?
A: There is 'Pay and Display' parking very close by, as detailed in our Find section
Q: Can I have a recording of my baby's heartbeat?
A: Yes, if you're far enough along for baby's heartbeat to be heard clearly we can record this onto a sound pod which fits inside a Heartbeat Bear (see below for more details). You can also request a DVD to be recorded of your scan from the beginning, so when we listen to baby's heartbeat the sound will be recorded as part of the DVD - these are £15. If you would like either of these options please let us know before we start your scan on the day.
Q: What is a Heartbeat Bear?
A: We have a selection of 8" cuddly toys (teddy bears and other animals) which a sound pod will fit inside, so when you sqeeze the cuddly animal's tummy your baby's heartbeat sound can be heard - these are £20.