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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.