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how long after your NT scan/blood did you get your results

(16 Posts)
Autumn2014 Thu 22-Oct-15 11:44:54

My scan is next Monday. I've only found out this week that you don't get the combined results on the day. I'll be 13 weeks when I have my scan and naively presumed that we'd be able to share our news with family and friends following the scan. But now I feel we'll have to delay it by at least another week to get the results back. I've been told 7 days if I am high risk, and 2-3 weeks if I am low risk. If I've not heard back by the 7 days, I'll presume that all is well, but takes me 14+ weeks and it's getting harder to keep the news to our selves.

I'm sorry if this is insensitive to anyone who by choice has chosen not to have this screening test. I had a baby with severe congenital defects who was born very poorly, and I'm very worried about this pregnancy so we have chosen not to tell anyone about ttc or this pregnancy until we have the full facts and to avoid anyone getting their unwanted opinions about if this is the right choice for our family.

Hughpughbarneymagrew Thu 22-Oct-15 12:07:49

Depends on area. My hospital told me they would call me within "a few days" if I needed further tests (not helpful as then I worried about how long a few days actually was and when I could assume it was all ok!). The letter saying low risk took just over a week to arrive. From memory I think our scan was on Monday and we had the letter the following Wednesday.

Brummiegirl15 Thu 22-Oct-15 12:12:17

It took me nearly 2 weeks to get my results, if you are low risk it defo takes longer .

They will give you an idea though at the scan from the nuchal measurement. Mine was 1.5 which is low. So they may give you that indication

Good luck

Me624 Thu 22-Oct-15 13:11:01

I was told the nuchal measurement on my scan report, which was low, and combined with my age we decided to take the risk and tell people after the scan. I appreciate you might feel differently after our experience with DC1.

We were told a call within a few days if high risk, and a letter within 2 weeks if low risk, but the letter came pretty quick - my scan was on a Friday and I think the letter came either Wednesday or Thursday of the following week.

Junosmum Thu 22-Oct-15 13:19:23

2 weeks - it was horrid. I was told my a misinformed midwife that they'd write to me with an appointment if there was an issue or write to me with the results if there wasn't.

I received a letter with an appointment a week later - cue tons of crying, sleepless nights etc etc. Turned up at the appointment, only to find out it was about my thyroid- the letter didn't say what it was about! The doctor had no idea why I was so worked up- I was practically in tears the whole meeting. He did go and find my results, they were still on the computer and hadn't been sent out yet, everything was fine! 1 in 3700. It would have been nearly 3 weeks if I hadn't seen that doctor!

Skiptonlass Thu 22-Oct-15 13:23:25

On the day. They do the bloods a few days before so that all they need to do is take the scan measurement and plug it into the algorithm along with the blood results.

princesspineapple Thu 22-Oct-15 13:33:50

My letter took forever! Definitely the longer end of 3 weeks...I was told the same as PPs that there would be a phone call within a week if high risk or a letter in about 2-3 weeks if low.
My NT measurement was low and when I didn't hear back that week I decided things must be fine... When the letter came all those days later I'd actually forgotten I was getting one!
Can appreciate that with your experience it may not be as easy to feel as blindingly optimistic, so hope your letter is much quicker than mine and it's good news! flowers

EldonAve Thu 22-Oct-15 13:42:54

I got mine on the day
They took the bloods a few weeks earlier

Alwaysinahurrynow Thu 22-Oct-15 13:45:19

Depends where you are - we're definitely in the camp of 2 weeks plus. Due to an error in the records, I ended up paying for it privately and got results in a week.

cloudjumper Thu 22-Oct-15 15:15:28

A good NT measurement doesn't automatically mean that you are low risk, unfortunately.
If something comes up, they will/should call you within 2-3 days (7 days sounds very long!). My combined screening came back with a high risk in my last pregnancy, and I received a call 2 days after having had the scan and the bloods (in my hospital, they do them on the same day). This time, all was good, and the letter took about 7-10 days (can't quite remember). With screening risks, no news is good news, but I guess it depends on your hospital.

JJXM Thu 22-Oct-15 15:23:21

My previous pregnancy was high risk for DS and ended up having an amnio - I think they contacted me within five days by phone.

For this pregnancy, by the fifth day I was so anxious I could barely function. So I phoned the number which was on my notes in case there were delays with the combined results and told the midwife my concerns and my previous high risk and begged her to look up my result. She was very kind and contacted the right department and found for me. With your previous history you could always do this too?

Wait4nothing Thu 22-Oct-15 15:38:01

In our area it was less than a week (low risk) - just received my letter this morning - I wasn't overly worried due to a low nt measurement but we've only told our parents and work (both before the scan). Telling siblings over the next 2 weekends (very excited) then will share openly.

Llouh Thu 22-Oct-15 15:43:34

Mine took nearly 3 weeks.. It was horrible waiting and I didn't tell anyone about my pregnancy until after I had the results and due to my scan also being later than 12 weeks I was over 16 weeks when I could share the news.

cth1982 Thu 22-Oct-15 16:12:09

I've realized reading though this thread how lucky I was - I had bloods taken 10mins before my scan and by the time the scan was done we were given the results - hope all works out well for you ladies. x

Autumn2014 Thu 22-Oct-15 16:30:30

Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences.
I think the delay in getting the results in my area is because the bloods aren't processed in the hospital but sent to another hospital. So my scan is Monday pm, bloods get sent Tuesday and then need to be processed, results passed onto local mw team.
When I had my son 7 years previously the nt scan wasn't offered on the nhs, so we paid privately. I had my bloods a week or so before hand, so the results were combined with the scan on the day. It also as a much more reassuring the experience, and so I presumed this is what would happen this time, but of course now there is a trade off because we don't have to pay to have it done on the nhs.
Jjxm I think I will ring the screening mw after a few days to chase the results.

Junosmum Thu 22-Oct-15 16:40:28

Autumn - mine were also sent to another hospital for analysis.

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