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"Dr Sturgiss and all staff on Fetal Medicine - Thank you very much for the care and close monitoring which brought us a beautiful baby girl who is getting better every day." Ms JS and family

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Maternity Unit

Fetal Medicine Unit

Most pregnancies result in the birth of a healthy baby but for some women developments may occur that need more specialist help.

The fetal medicine unit is staffed by highly qualified obstetricians and midwives. We provide specialist care for pregnant women from all over the North of England who have been diagnosed with a suspected fetal abnomality following detailed ultrasound scanning. 

Our staff  look after women whose baby:

  • is found to have an abnormality, as seen with an ultrasound scan
  • is at greater than usual chance of having an abnormality – on the basis of either a positive screening test (eg nuchal translucency or a blood test), or following the previous birth of a baby with a chromosomal or genetic problem
  • is thought to be much smaller than usual
  • needs specialist treatment during the pregnancy, such as a blood transfusion in the womb
  • is likely to need specialist treatment very soon after birth.

How to find us

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The Fetal Medicine Unit is part of the Maternity unit on level two of the Leazes Wing. To find us:

  • Come up one floor in the lifts or stairs situated behind the Main Leazes Wing Reception Desk.
  • Maternity Reception is straight ahead of you as you enter the Maternity Unit.
  • The Fetal Medicine Unit is round the corner to your right.

How to get to the hospital

Staff you are likely to meet

The Fetal Medicine Unit is run by a multi-disciplinary team including doctors, midwives, health care assistants and other support staff.

Things you need to know

  • There is a sitting area with a toy box for small children.
  • There are toilet and baby changes facilities in the Maternity Unit waiting area.
  • A WRVS kiosk is available which sells hot and cold drinks, sweets and snacks. This is open on weekday afternoons between 12noon and 4.00pm.

Contact us

We are based at:

Level four, Leazes Wing, RVI, Newcastle

For more details about the Fetal Medicine Unit, please contact:

  • tel: 0191 282 5836
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