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Cervical Screening at 23 weeks


IntroductionShow [+]Hide [-]

This information explains about the additional scan that has been arranged for you following the complications that occurred in your previous pregnancy. This scan is usually performed at 23 weeks although in some cases it may be sooner.

The scanShow [+]Hide [-]

The scan will be carried out in the Fetal Medicine Unit (FMU) on the second floor of the Leazes Wing. This is a trans-vaginal scan where a small scanning probe is inserted into your vagina. This method enables us to measure the cervix (neck of the womb) and to take swabs. This should be no more uncomfortable than a smear test.

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  • You will not need a full bladder.
  • We will ask you to remove your lower clothing and we will cover you with a sheet.
  • Your partner or a companion can stay with you if you wish.
  • The scan will be carried out by a Midwife/Sonographer and takes about 10 minutes.
  • The scan is safe and will not harm you or your baby.
  • You will be told the findings of the scan and a written report will be added to your notes.

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The results will help us predict the likelihood of premature labour in this pregnancy.

Following the scan, a plan of management for the rest of your pregnancy will be discussed with you. Staff at the FMU will be happy to answer any questions you have.

FMU - 0191 2825837 (Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm)

Maternity Assessment Unit - 0191 2825832 (24 hours) A midwife will discuss any concerns you may have out of FMU hours.

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