For many women, ultrasound scans are the highlight of pregnancy. It's very exciting and moving to 'see' your baby in the womb, often moving his or her hands and legs.
Non-urgent advice: Visiting information
Visiting times for inpatient stays and restrictions on who may accompany you for outpatient appointments may be affected by current Covid-19 visiting restrictions.
The sonographer will ask you to lie on your back and she or he will put some lubricating gel on your abdomen. A small device is then passed backwards and forwards over your skin, and high-frequency sound is beamed through your abdomen into the womb. The sound is reflected back and creates a picture, which is shown on a TV screen. The scans are completely painless and have no known side effects on mothers or babies.
You do not need a full bladder for any of our scans.
If you want to find out the sex of your baby, you can usually do so during the detailed anomaly scan. Tell the sonographer that you'd like to know your baby's sex at the start of the scan. Be aware though, that it's not always possible for the sonographer to be 100% certain about your baby's sex. For example, if your baby is lying in an awkward position, it may be difficult or impossible to tell whether your baby is male or female.
Your scan is an important medical examination and it is essential that our sonographers are allowed to concentrate fully without the distraction of filming. Therefore the use of mobile phone cameras, videos and other photographic equipment is not allowed during your ultrasound scan.
If you would like to keep a copy of your scan images, we are able to sell you pictures:
- £6 - one picture
- £12 - three pictures
- £15 - four pictures
- £20 - six pictures
Please ensure you bring the correct money as we are unable to provide change.
Thank you for your co-operation and understanding.
Currently, one partner of choice is able to attend scans. Where visiting restrictions prohibit this we will provide free pictures & a video clip of the baby.
In all cases, due to current COVID-19 social distancing requirements after the scan we ask, where partners are able to attend that partners leave and wait outside of the Rosie building whilst women and birthing people collect notes or have any blood tests etc. The exception to this is in circumstances where immediate counselling is required as a result of the scan outcome where the partner will be invited to stay for this.
How to find us
The ultrasound department is on the ground floor (Level 2) of the Rosie hospital, next to clinic 24 and opposite clinic 21; Rosie outpatients. Head straight through the Rosie reception area, past the Pavilion cafe and follow the signs to the ultrasound department, which is on the left.