Scan's FAQ

We offer all pregnancy-related ultrasound scans, from the early dating scan through to nuchal, anomaly and wellbeing growth scans. We also offer comprehensive gynaecological (pelvic) scans. You can find out more here.

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Yes, please – for a comprehensive gynaecology scan or early pregnancy scan, it’s always better to have a full bladder.

Non-Clinical FAQ

Our friendly and knowledgeable Reception team is always happy to help choose the right doctor for you. Just give us a call and we’ll find your ideal specialist or consultant.

You can find our centre opening hours HERE. Appointment times vary, depending on your doctor’s schedule, and most appointments are 20 to 30 minutes long.

We ask for a £100 deposit for all our new and follow up consultations, and we ask that you reschedule your appointment at least 24 hours inadvance of your session. If you miss your appointment, we regret that your deposit will be forfeited.

We accept most insurance providers’ plans, though please do check with Reception when booking. It’s also a good idea to check with your insurer, as some treatments may not be covered and some may have a cover limit. We’ll ask for your membership and specific authorisation number before you visit the centre.

If possible, please bring your referral letter and a copy of any tests or ultrasound scan reports. However, don’t worry if you don’t have them – we can always request them on your behalf or do the tests or scans again

Our nearest car park is at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital (369 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9NH) and street parking is sometimesavailable. You can find other ways to reach us HERE
You can call our Finance department on 0207 751 4488 or email the team at [email protected]
In line with General Data Protection Law (GDPR), we ask for a written request to release your medical records, which you can send to [email protected]. We’ll respond to your request within 72 hours.

We’ve designed a range of healthcare packages for the whole family’s wellbeing. We also provide general female and male health screening,sexual health screening, fertility and menopause care. You can find out more HERE.

We take cash, credit cards and bank transfers.

Absolutely. Just ask the receptionist when you arrive for your appointment

Pregnancy's FAQ

Our first step will be to confirm the viability of the pregnancy, so it’s best to have an ultrasound scan when you’re around six weeks along(that’s six weeks since the first day of your last period). We recommend that our patients see an obstetrician or a midwife around ten weeks ofpregnancy.

We do recommend that all pregnant women have the nuchal translucency screening at 12 weeks, regardless of whether they’re also taking theHarmony Test. Nuchal scans not only check for Down Syndrome, but also for an early diagnosis of major fetal abnormalities, early miscarriagesand for accurately dating the pregnancy.

We can give you a scan any time from six weeks of pregnancy – that’s six weeks from the first day of your last period

GP's FAQ

We offer a broad range of immunisation at the centre, covering both UK and international childhood immunisation guidelines, along with travel and HPV vaccinations.

Gardasil 9 is a vaccine given to both females and males from the age of 9 until 45, to help protect against diseases caused by some types ofHuman Papilloma Virus (HPV). HPV is a very common infection and most people get it at some point in their lives – it’s usually harmless butsome types can cause abnormalities in the cervix, which is why we recommend the vaccine.

Absolutely – our GPs are happy to take care of your whole family.

Gynaecology FAQ’s

Cervical cancer is not uncommon. In recent years the number of cases has fallen due to cervical screening tests. However, there are still over 2,000 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed each year in the UK. Most of these occur in women who have never had a screening test, or who have not had one for many years. Cervical cancer can be prevented if you have regular screening tests

Women are routinely invited to have regular cervical screening tests ( smear tests) depending on their age this could be every 3 years in the UK on the NHS. The tests are done to prevent cervical cancer (and not to diagnose cancer as some people wrongly think). During each test some cells are removed from the cervix with a plastic brush. The cells are examined under a microscope to look for early changes that, if ignored and not treated, could develop into cancer of the cervix. If abnormal cells are found, these can be treated (removed).

Cervical cytology smear results are reported as:

· Normal.

· Inadequate.

· Abnormal

About 9 in 10 routine cervical screening tests results are normal. If your result is normal you should continue to attend for regular smear test,depending on your age and previous result history. A normal result means you have a very low chance of developing cervical cancer. It is not aguarantee that cervical cancer will not occur.

The test is recommended for all women – even if you have never had sex. However, the risk of getting cervical cancer is very low if you havenever had sex. This is because the main cause of cervical cancer is a past infection with the human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a commonvirus that is normally passed on by having sex. There are other, less common types of cervical cancer, not caused by HPV, so women who havenever had sex are still at risk

Mid cycle (14 days after your last period) is the best time because a clearer background to the sample can be gained around this time. This is because the mucus plug is at its thinnest so the sample is less likely to contain mucus. Also, lining is at its thickest so the sample taken contains afull range of cells.

It is best to have your cervical screening test when you are not having your period. Ideally the test is best performed mid-cycle. With the new technology you can have the test done at any time but, if you are bleeding heavily, there may be too much blood and mucus on the brush, meaning too few cells from the cervix are removed.

f you are due your routine cervical screening test and you are pregnant, this should be deferred until after your baby is born. Usually it is advisable to wait until you are at least 6 weeks pos tnatal. This gives the cervix a chance to recover from pregnancy and childbirth. Testsp erformed earlier are more likely to be inadequate.

This depends on the type of hysterectomy, and why it was done. Your doctor will advise you on this. In general, if you have a total hysterectomy (removal of the uterus and cervix) for a reason not due to cancer, then you no longer need cervical screening tests. Some types of hysterectomyleave the cervix (called subtotal hysterectomy), and some are done to remove a cancer. In these situations, a test of the cells of the remaining cervix, or of the top of the vagina (called the vault), may still be advised

Human papilloma viruses are known as HPV. They can affect the skin and the moist membranes that line parts of the body, including the cervix.There are more than 100 different types of human papilloma virus and each type has a different number. Some types of HPV can increase therisk of developing cervical cancer, particularly types 16, 18, 31, 33 and 45. They are called high risk types. Almost all women with cervical cancerhave at least one of these types of HPV in the cells of their cervix.

Of the different types of HPV, types 16 and 18 cause about 7 out of 10 (70%) cancers of the cervix. The other types cause most of the remaining30% of cervical cancers.

Do remember that most women with high risk HPV don’t develop cervical cancer. Remember that regular cervical screening will pick up abnormal cervical cells before they become cancerous.

Our gynecologists are able to provide HPV tests here at the centre.

Do you offer the HPV vaccination? Yes we do – The HPV vaccine is most effective if it’s given a few years before a girl becomes sexually active,so it’s given to girls between the ages of 12 and 13.

Gardasil – which provides protection against cervical cancer and genital warts.

The Gardasil vaccine provides complete protection against all the types of HPV that are known to cause cervical cancer. If you have been vaccinated for HPV you will still need to attend your future cervical screening appointments.

When is the best time for an Early Pregnancy Scan? An Early Pregnancy Scan is the very first pregnancy scan between 6 weeks and 11 weeks to confirm your pregnancy is healthy, ongoing and to calculate the date when your baby is due. The sonographer or consultant will first try to scan you through your tummy (trans abdominally). If the image is unclear the operator will perform an internally scan (trans vaginally).

Before 6 weeks is it not possible to always see any signs of pregnancy with current ultrasound technology and at this time we are able to offer ablood test to measure the hcg hormone level in your blood to test for positive pregnancies and indications of how many weeks pregnant you maybe.

I have had a miscarriage – do I need to see a gynaecologist? Any woman who has suffered a single miscarriage has an 80% chance of her nextpregnancy being successful. Other than sympathy and reassurance, no clinical investigations or treatments are usually required. If, having suffered one miscarriage, the second pregnancy also ends in miscarriage then this woman has around 70% chance of her next pregnancy being successful. If the woman is even more unfortunate and suffers three consecutive miscarriages, she has around a 60% chance of her next pregnancy being successful.

Therefore two or three consecutive miscarriages occur more frequently than chance alone , suggesting that in a proportion of these woman theremay be an underlying cause, warranting investigation and treatment.

Recurrent miscarriage is defined by the consecutive loss of two or more pregnancies with the same partner.

What is a termination of pregnancy? Termination of pregnancy is a medical process of ending a pregnancy using pharmacological or surgical means. Having a termination is a personal choice and there can be many medical and social reasons for having one.

In Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) it’s legal for terminations to be carried out up to 24 weeks of pregnancy. However, in exceptional circumstances there isn’t a strict upper limit. For example, you may be able to have an abortion after 24 weeks if your life is under serious threat,or if your baby will be born with a severe disability. Most women, however, have abortions before 12 weeks of pregnancy

Please speak to our gynaecologists at the centre to discuss pregnancy and termination options.

Do you offer the emergency contraceptive pill? Our gynecologists offer contraceptives advice and can provide a whole range or contraception including the emergency contraceptive pill.

The effectiveness of the emergency contraceptive pill decreases over time therefore speed in taking the contraceptive is of upmost importance. Ifit is taken within 24 hours of having unprotected sex, it can prevent 95% of pregnancies. Most women can use the emergency contraceptive pill.Our gynecologists are able to discuss emergency contraceptive option with you at the centre.

You would need to speak to your doctor and discus with them your reproductive history to work out weather a copper or hormone coil would bestsuit you.

Mirena is a small plastic T-shaped contraceptive device that contains the active ingredient levonorgestrel. It is an intrauterine system (IUS) that is inserted into the womb by a Dr. Once inserted it steadily releases levonorgestrel into the womb . Levonorgestrel is a synthetic form of the femalesex hormone, progesterone.

Contraception.

· Heavy or prolonged menstrual periods with no known cause.

· Protection from overgrowth of the womb lining

· oestrogen-only hormone replacement therapy (HRT) following the menopause

To provide contraception or treat heavy periods Mirena should ideally be inserted in the first seven days of your menstrual cycle (day one is thefirst day of your period). This will provide immediate protection against pregnancy. Mirena can be inserted at other times in your cycle if your doctor is sure you are not pregnant, but you will need to use an extra method of contraception (eg condoms) for the first seven days after it isinserted.

If you have had a baby, Mirena should not be inserted until six weeks after the birth

The Mirena IUS provides protection from pregnancy for five years and must be removed by your doctor after this time if you are using it forcontraception or heavy periods. (It can be removed earlier than this if required.) If you still want to use Mirena after five years it can be removedand replaced with a new one in the same visit. You won’t need to use any extra contraception.

The Mirena IUS provides protection from pregnancy for five years and must be removed by your doctor after this time if you are using it forcontraception or heavy periods. (It can be removed earlier than this if required.) If you still want to use Mirena after five years it can be removedand replaced with a new one in the same visit. You won’t need to use any extra contraception.

If you have had Mirena fitted as part of your HRT you should have it removed after four years, because there are only limited data on its womb protective effect after this time.

An intrauterine device (IUD) is a small, T-shaped contraceptive device made from plastic and copper that fits inside the womb (uterus). It used tobe called a coil.

It’s a long-lasting and reversible method of contraception but it is not a barrier method. This means that an IUD can prevent pregnancy but won’t stop you getting sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It’s different to an intrauterine system (IUS) or mirena) which releases the hormone progestogen into the body.

An IUD stops sperm from reaching the egg. It does this by releasing copper, which changes the make-up of the fluids in the womb and fallopian tubes. These changes prevent sperm from fertilising eggs. IUDs may also stop fertilised eggs from travelling along the fallopian tubes and implanting in the womb.

Yes you can just mention this request when you make your appointment to see the gynaecologist.

The coil will take three to six months to settle down , if you required further advice please book an appointment to see your gynaecologist

Many women are troubled by heavy periods (menorrhagia), and some by bleeding between periods. In young women these symptoms are not always investigated but tend to be treated symptomatically i.e. by taking the oral contraceptive pill. In some cases bleeding will be due to an underlying problem, and an ultrasound scan may be performed to exclude or diagnose some of these conditions

Bleeding between periods is often thought to be more likely to be associated with there being a underlying problem than heavy bleeding at thetime of an expected period. Typically a polyp may be present on the cavity of the uterus, and this may be demonstrated by an ultrasound scan. However abnormalities of the cervix or infection may also be associated with this symptom and should be excluded.

There are several reasons why periods may stop or become irregular. Many can be clarified on the basis of blood tests to measure the levels of circulating hormones. One condition called polycystic ovaries can be demonstrated using vaginal ultrasonography. This is one of the mostcommon causes of irregular and absent periods

Endometriosis is found in approximately 3-5% of women of child-bearing age. It is associated with infertility, since it occurs ten times more frequently in infertile women. Painful and heavier periods are the classic symptom. Typically the pain starts with the onset but does not necessarily last for the duration of the period. Some experience additional pelvic pain unrelated to their periods and this may be due to adhesions(scar tissue) that has formed due to endometriosis, or may be due to cysts of endometriosis. Painful intercourse is another classic symptom of endometriosis

Fibroids are muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus (womb). Fibroids are almost always benign (not cancerous). Fibroids can grow asa single tumor, or there can be many of them in the uterus. They can be as small as an apple seed or as big as a grapefruit. In unusual casesthey can become very large. Fibroids are most common in women in their 40s and early 50s. Not all women with fibroids have symptoms. Somehave pain and heavy menstrual bleeding. Fibroids also can put pressure on the bladder, causing frequent urination, or the rectum, causing rectal pressure. Should the fibroids get very large, they can cause the abdomen (tummy) to enlarge, making a woman look pregnant.

PCOS is a complex condition that effects the ovaries. There are characteristic changes in the appearance of the ovaries on an ultrasound scan:The ovaries are in generally a bit biger and polycystic, with many little follicles scattered under the surface of the ovary and almost non in the middle of the ovary. These follicles are all small and immature and generally do notgrow to maturity and ovulate. So women with PCOS are less fertile and don’t have regular periods. Other features of the condition are excessweight and body hair.

The condition is relatively common. It affects up to 10per cent of all women between the ages of 15 and 50. In the general population, around 25per cent of women will have PCOS but most have no symptoms or signs of PCOS and have no health problems.

  • Infrequent periods
  • Increased facial and body hair
  • Acne
  • Infertility
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Miscarriage

 

PCOS can be diagnosed through a blood test and an ultrasound examination performed by a specialist

t’s not certain if women are born with this condition, PCOS seems to run in families. This means that something that includes the condition isinheritable, and therefore influenced by one or more genes.

I have been experiencing pelvic pain – what could it be? Pelvic pain is a common symptom in women of all ages. In some cases no specific causecan be found, but most find that being reassured that there is no serious underlying problem can be helpful.

Taking a full history and a conventional gynaecological examination is an important part of the assessment of pelvic pain, with the addition of an ultrasound scan proving particularly helpful. A normal ultrasound scan can mean that it is unlikely that there is any significant underlying problem causing the pain.

Some of the symptoms of STI’s include blisters, warts, lesions, painful urination, itching, swelling, and unnatural bleeding or discharge. However,many STIs have no obvious symptoms, and eight out of ten people who have an STI’s are currently unaware of their infection. If you have hadany unprotected sexual contact, you should get tested. Many STI,s may remain dormant and undetectable for some time, so you could test negative for STIs and still be infected. This is why clinicians recommend that woman who have been sexually active in the past get tested annually, regardless of their current sexual activity.

This is not a normal, so you would need to book an appointment with one of our gynaecologist and they will take it from there.

I have been experiencing some discharge from my vagina for the pass few weeks what should I do?

You should make an appointment to see one of our doctors for a health check to rule out any infections

Menopause is the time in a woman’s life when her periods stop and she can no longer become pregnant. It is a normal change in a woman’sbody. A woman will know she has reached menopause when she has not had a period for 12 months in a row ( when there are no other causes,such as pregnancy or illness, for this change). Most women experience menopause from 40 to 58 years of age, with a median age of 51.4 years.

You will feel better by learning all you can about menopause and talking with your doctor about your health and your symptoms. If your symptomsare causing you discomfort or concern, your doctor can teach you about available therapeutic options and help you to make informed choices

Menopause affects every woman differently. Your only symptom may be your period stopping or you may have other symptoms that include:

· Change in pattern of periods (They can be shorter or longer, lighter or heavier, or there may be more or less time between periods.)

· Hot flushes (sometimes called hot flashes)

· Night sweats (sometimes followed by a chill)

· Trouble sleeping through the night· Vaginal dryness· Urinary problems – such as leaking, burning or pain when urinating, or leaking when sneezing, coughing, or laughing.

· Less interest in sexual intercourse

· Mood swings

· Trouble focusing or forgetfulness

· Hair loss or thinning on your head, or more hair growth on your face

· Changes in texture of your skin and nails.

A woman is considered to have started the menopause when a year has passed since her last period. Any bleeding after this time is always considered to be potentially abnormal. In fact only a small proportion of women who bleed after the menopause have anything significantly wrongbut this bleeding should be investigated thoroughly by a Dr to rule out any abnormalities.

Many women experience a small amount of urine leakage on an occasional basis, and it causes them little bother and they able to continue withtheir lives as normal yet for a significant number of women, urinary incontinence may be serious enough to involve having to change their clothesand to avoid performing certain tasks or exercises. For these women, advice from a health professional is appropriate.

The commonest is called stress urinary incontinence (SUI). This is when the bladder sphincter just gives way under pressure and a small amountof urine escapes on straining, for example when coughing, laughing, sneezing or doing physical exercise. Stress incontinence is usually the resultof weakening of the muscles in the pelvic floor that surround the bladder. This often happens during pregnancy, following childbirth or after themenopause

It contains a full discussion & history check, symptom check, blood tests, a smear test, swab tests to check for infection and a body examination from your doctor such as basic breast & abdomen check to rule out any abnormalities

GP's FAQ

No – unless the period is very heavy it makes no difference to the scan

For an abdominal scan you will lie on your back on a couch. The sonographer will apply gel to the skin on your abdomen over the area to be examined. The gel allows the sensor to slide easily over the skin and helps to produce clear pictures.

A TV scan is used to examine the reproductive organs (womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries) in women. You usually need to lie on your back on acouch with your feet up in stirrups. A lubricated probe (the size of a tampon) is inserted two or three inches into your vagina and most women tolerate this procedure very well.