Antenatal Screening

Routine blood screening

The midwife will discuss blood screening tests available and request your consent before a sample is taken. You can refuse consent to any blood test however they are designed to safeguard you and your baby’s health. The majority of tests are taken from a single blood sample.

  • Complete blood count
  • Blood group and antibodies
  • Blood sugar level
  • Infection screen for Syphilis, Hepatitis B and HIV
  • Immunity to rubella (German measles)
  • A urine sample will also be reserved for asymptomatic bacteriuria.

It is essential that you click on this link for more detailed information regarding tests.

Ultrasound scanning

  • The booking scan is performed by the midwife / radiographer. This scan checks how many weeks pregnant you are and confirms the date your baby is due. It also checks to see if you are carrying more than one baby. The scan may also pick up problems with the pregnancy and may require further investigation.
  • The anomaly scan is carried out when you are around 20 weeks pregnant. This scan is carried out by a radiographer to check your baby’s development and detect most major problems. The sex of the baby is not checked unless there is a clinical reason. For more details about scanning please see NHS choices and The Pregnancy Book, antenatal section.

As space is limited within the scanning rooms and the radiographer needs up to 30 minutes to accurately check the baby we would ask that only 1 adult accompanies you. Please note that when attending your scanning appointment children are not permitted in the scan rooms.

The midwife will provide health information on a number of topics to help you have a healthy pregnancy and prepare yourself for childbirth.

The booking appointment is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions and can last up to 2 hours. Anything you say to the midwife will be discussed in confidence. The choice of maternity care you choose will be influenced by the information you have given and results of tests. A number of further antenatal appointments will be scheduled during your pregnancy, more if it is your first baby than women who already have children. Schedules may vary depending on your health and the health of your baby.

The crèche located in the maternity unit beside the antenatal clinic is temporarily unavailable.

You have the right to paid time off work to attend all your appointments including scanning and antenatal education sessions.

For more details please see The Pregnancy Book

Question:- How do I get my antenatal blood results?

Answer:- At your 20week scan the results of the blood tests will be placed in your maternity records. You will be contacted if there are any problems with your tests.