Supporting Our Patients During COVID-19 Outbreak
5th November 2020 - New Restrictions
Following the PM's announcement on Saturday 31st October we have spoken with Public Health England to confirm the services we are able to provide to our patients.
All of our scans are primarily for a medical reason and therefore can continue to be provided to our patients.
What has changed?
From 5th November 2020 to the end of the lockdown in England you should only attend an appointment for a medical reason. This can include the investigation of any symptoms or for reassurance about your pregnancy. If your primary reason for attending is for gender or imaging of baby, you should not attend in a time of lockdown.
If you attend for a medical reason, we are able to continue to provide ancilliary services (such as to confirm gender and provide 4D images) if this is included in your package.
We continue to work to all national guidelines and therefore this may be subject to change at short notice.
How are we managing the Coronavirus outbreak?
The coronavirus pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we all live our lives in order to keep everyone safe. Since the start of the outbreak, we have been working really hard to ensure we can continue to support our patients in the safest way possible and to limit the non-essential elements of our service offering.
All of our scans are completed by highly trained and registered healthcare professionals who are experts in obstetric ultrasound. We utilise the very latest generation of ultrasound equipment to ensure we can provide you with the most accurate diagnostic results.
Current Services Offered
- Early Pregnancy Scans
- Well-being Scans
- Well-being +Gender Scans*
- Well-being +4D Scans*
- Growth & Presentation Scans
- Fetal Health Scans
*Please note, that these services may be dependent locally. Our teams are working in line with government guidelines to ensure we can resume our full services as safely as possible. Please contact your local clinic to enquire about the scans they're currently offering.
Should I attend a scan?
If you, or any member of your household, have developed any Coronavirus symptoms (such as a fever or cough) you must not attend your scan appointment. Please contact your local clinic to rearrange your appointment until after the transmission period (usually 14 days).
From 5th November 2020 you should only attend a scan in England for a medical need such as reassurance. If your primary reason is to obtain baby images or gender confirmation, you should not attend in a time of lockdown. If your primary reason is for a medical reason, we can continue to confirm gender and provide 4D images if it is included in your package.
Infection control and PPE
We are working within Public Health England (PHE) guidelines by ensuring all of our scan rooms are deep cleaned between appointments. All of our staff have been provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and we are offering hand sanitiser and gloves to all of our patients upon arrival.
We have limited the number of clinic staff in the clinic at any one time to reduce the risk of transmission and to increase the distance between people in our clinics. It is important that patients attend their appointments on their own. You may bring one adult companion and we are unable to accept children in our clinics at this time. If this position changes your local clinic will contact you before your appointment by email/SMS. If you have any queries about this please speak directly to your local clinic.
How Many People Can I Bring?
Face Masks & Coverings
Arrival At The ClinicOn arrival at the clinic, we are asking all of our visitors to cooperate as we have introduced additional measures to further ensure that our clinics remain safe for all our patients and staff:
- you will be asked about any symptoms that you, or anyone you have come into contact with, have experienced in the past two weeks.
- we may check temperatures using a non-contact thermometer.
- we will ask you to 'check-in' to the NHS Test & Trace system so please have the app on your phone.
Maternity Care in Hospital
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) have expressed the importance of continuing to receive antenatal care during the Coronavirus outbreak:
“It is really important that you continue to attend your scheduled routine care when you are well. If you have symptoms of possible coronavirus infection, you should contact your midwife to postpone routine visits until after the isolation period is over.”
We are keeping the Care Quality Commission (CQC) updated with all changes during the outbreak.
We are continuing to follow the guidance from PHE and RCOG.
We are listed on the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) catalogue for Coronavirus suppliers to offer our support to the public sector.
We are working with a number (but not all) NHS trusts to adjust our referral pathways and adapt our services to best support trusts at a local level.