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London Ultrasound Centre or Fetal Medicine Centre Scan

(17 Posts)
AlwaysDancing1234 Tue 17-Dec-13 13:33:13

Hi everyone, just wondering if anybody has had experience of private scans at the London Ultrasound Centre or Fetal Medicine Centre?
I've had a lot of bleeding in the last few days, had 12 week scan yesterday and thankfully baby is fine but it's such a long wait til 20 week scan so wondering whether to book a private reassurance scan in January.
If anyone has experience of private scans at these centres I would be grateful for your views & advice on what to expect. Thanks

Mnippy Tue 17-Dec-13 14:42:02

I went to the FMC for 8 wk scan, and had a great experience. It was very fast. The staff are supposed to have a lot of NHS / academic experience and the fee goes to research.

delphi13 Tue 17-Dec-13 14:52:16

Went to the FMC for a Harmony test. Excellent experience. Only advice would be to book for early in the morning as sometimes there can be delays. Would definitely go back there if I needed another private scan.

quackojuliet Tue 17-Dec-13 14:56:08

I went to london ultrasound centre for a 4d fun scan at 30 weeks. As it was a groupon deal it was a bit conveyor belt service and the sonographer not as helpful at explaining things as the nhs ones I've had.
I'd go with recommendations above and avoid london ultrasound centre!

AlwaysDancing1234 Tue 17-Dec-13 15:10:49

Thanks for the comments everyone, I look in to the Fetal Medical Centre some more

jaykay987 Tue 17-Dec-13 15:29:11

another recommendation for fmc. I had reassurance scan and harmony test and a ten week scan. I go back for my nuchal next week.

the reason they can run behind is because they go out of their way (in my experience) to look at everything properly and to explain everything thoroughly.

good luck!
ps I was a bit put off by their website as it's fairly bare - but the reception are very informative if you call/email them with questions.

AlwaysDancing1234 Tue 17-Dec-13 16:19:24

I had my nuchal (12 weeks) yesterday so just looking for a growth/reassurance scan at maybe 16 weeks is this something they do at FMC do you know? I'm booked in for usual 20 week anomaly scan in early Feb but would like something between now and then just to check everything is ok.

Smithy007 Tue 17-Dec-13 16:21:46

I guess I'm the only one with positive comments about the London Ultrasound Centre!

I've been there, the atmosphere was pleasant. I was called for my appointment on time and the sonographer was very nice - she took her time and explained things to me. I left quite a bit happier, no bad words to say about them really, I'm actually planning on going back again.

Notawordfromtheladybird Tue 17-Dec-13 16:36:42

I had two there. The 12 week was with Professor Kypros Nicolaides, who is THE man (and leading specialist, researcher, etc.) There is always a wait with him because if things are found during the scan (and as he usually takes all the complicated cases, often he ends up performing an invasive test at the same appointment), he doesn't rush the patient. He's incredibly calming and you do feel like you're his only appointment that day.

I also had the wellbeing scan (which was done by the guy pictured on the website, I think). That one was much more laid back and those appointments are punctual. The centre is in Harley street, filled with beautiful art/sculptures, and has a comfortable waiting area. The wellbeing scan was also very thorough.

minipie Tue 17-Dec-13 16:37:31

The FMC has a top level reputation for diagnostic scans, i.e. checking for any signs of abnormality at an early stage. If that's what you want then I would whole heartedly recommend them (they were very thorough with me).

However they don't do 3D/4D scans or much in the way of pictures so if it's more that you want then try somewhere less medical.

Sounds like it's the former you want though.

minipie Tue 17-Dec-13 16:41:43

Sorry, to answer your question, yes they will do a scan at 16 weeks for reassurance.

Pooka Tue 17-Dec-13 16:41:54

I had nuchal at FMC with my third child.

Was fab. Lovely staff.

Had follow up questionnaire about 6months after due date for medical research. I like the fact that they're closely related to kings/Harris/research.

wantmyboobsback Tue 17-Dec-13 16:46:58

I've been to both.
I would choose the FMC every time, they are professional and very thorough.
I didn't have a great experience at LUC, they 'missed' putting my weight into their system, so for 24hrs we were confronted with a high risk pregnancy, they didn't even apologise for the mix up.

AlwaysDancing1234 Tue 17-Dec-13 17:15:35

Thanks everyone for taking the time to answer my questions and got giving detailed info, that's really helpful and much appreciated smile

AlwaysDancing1234 Tue 17-Dec-13 17:18:14

That doesn't sound good wantmyboobsback the general consensus points towards FMC so I think I'll look in to booking there. Thanks

Mabelandrose Tue 17-Dec-13 17:46:24

Another vote for FMC. Sadly I had bad news, but they really were wonderful. And the technology is on another level compared to the nhs's prehistoric ultrasound machines. The time they took to diagnose the mmc meant I never had to doubt their diagnosis - very helpful for the healing process. I will go back next if I have an ongoing pregnancy.

AlwaysDancing1234 Tue 17-Dec-13 18:31:17

I'm sorry to hear of your loss mabelandrose but it is good to know they are thorough whatever the outcome. Sending you hugs

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