Maternity Ultrasound Service
Welcome to Maternity Ultrasound service at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. We are based in Clinic 1 in the newly built Centre for Women’s Health. The centre has a separate access from Barrack Road with some car parking.
The ultrasound department has four dedicated rooms, each with a state of the art ultrasound machine. If you choose to attend the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, you will be offered two routine ultrasound scans. The first will be at around 12 weeks from your last menstrual period (LMP) when you will be invited to attend our First Trimester Screening Clinic (FTSC). The second is at around 20 weeks into your pregnancy. The scans are offered as medical examinations and form part of a screening programme but we understand that the ultrasound scan allows you that first precious glimpse of your new baby. Click on the boxes below so that you can find out what to expect if you come to see us at the Royal Devon and Exeter for care in your pregnancy.
Thinking of having a baby?
Now is the time to take care of your health and diet. Take a folic acid tablet every day while you are trying to get pregnant and until you are 12 weeks pregnant. For more information, take a look at the NHS Pregnancy Planner section, “Before you are Pregnant”.
A positive pregnancy test
You need to contact your local GP surgery and arrange to see a Community Midwife at 8 – 10 weeks from the start of your Last Menstrual Period (LMP).
Your midwife will offer you a First Trimester Screening Clinic Booklet and discuss screening tests including an ultrasound scan.
If you have problems with your health, pain or bleeding in early pregnancy, please contact your GP.
FTSC Ultrasound Scan and Screening: 11 – 14 weeks
Your midwife will have offered you a First Trimester Screening Clinic Booklet , discussed what screening tests are offered including attendance at the First Trimester Screening Clinic (FTSC).
Anomaly Ultrasound Scan: Around 20 weeks
When you attend the FTSC, you will be offered another appointment to check your baby’s progress at around 20 weeks with an Anomaly Scan.
If you have not had an earlier scan or you have just arrived in Exeter, you need to contact your local GP surgery and arrange to see a Community Midwife.
Ultrasound scans in later pregnancy
If your Doctor of Midwife feels it is needed, you may be offered a later scan. This may be to check your baby’s growth or if you are having twins. There is no private service at the RD and E. or 3 D or 4D scans.