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Screening Services

The Antenatal Screening Service at the Wolfson Institute offers routine screening services for hospitals and private screening services for women whose local hospital does not offer their preferred test.

Routine screening service

The Antenatal Screening Service provides screening on a routine basis to a number of NHS hospital trusts in the UK. The screening service process approximately 50,000 samples annually, making it one of the largest antenatal screening centres in the UK.

The tests

The Antenatal Screening Service offer the Integrated test, first trimester Combined test and second trimester Quadruple test.

Transport of samples

We will arrange for the transport of samples from hospital trusts to the laboratory in London if required.

Results

Results are generally processed the day that the sample arrives at the laboratory. Therefore, results are usually available within 48 hours of the blood sample being taken. Screen-positive results are immediately telephoned and faxed to the antenatal screening coordinator in the antenatal clinic. Screen-negative results are posted to the antenatal clinic.

Literature

Comprehensive information leaflets for both patients and staff are provided as part of the service.

Helpline

The antenatal screening service has a dedicated helpline to offer information and support to patients and health professionals.

Education and training

We will provide regular training sessions (free of charge) at hospitals using the Antenatal Screening Service for their routine screening.

Cost

The fee for providing routine screening will vary depending on the test(s) required and the number of samples processed. To discuss the routine screening service further, please contact us.

Private screening service

For women whose hospital does not offer their test of choice, the Antenatal Screening Service offer the screening tests on a private basis.

The tests

The Antenatal Screening Service offer the Integrated test, the Serum Integrated test, first trimester Combined test and second trimester Quadruple test on a private basis.

The ultrasound scans for the Integrated and Combined tests are performed at the London Ultrasound Centre, as are the blood samples for these tests. The blood samples for the Serum Integrated and Quadruple tests are performed at the Wolfson Institute or by an individuals local GP or midwife. The analysis and interpretation for all tests are performed by the Antenatal Screening Service at the Wolfson Institute.

Cost

The Integrated test – from £225

Performed at the London Ultrasound Centre. Please contact the London Ultrasound Centre for further information on appointments and cost.

The Combined test – from £192

Performed at the London Ultrasound Centre. Please contact the London Ultrasound Centre for further information on appointments and cost.

The Serum Integrated test – £120

Performed at the Wolfson Institute or by your local GP or midwife. Please contact the Antenatal Screening Service for further information and appointments.

The Quadruple test – £90

Performed at the Wolfson Institute or by your local GP or midwife. Please contact the Antenatal Screening Service for further information and appointments.

Transport of samples

For women having the Serum Integrated or Quadruple test samples performed by their local GP or midwife, the Antenatal Screening Service can provide a sample kit which contains the necessary equipment for taking and transporting the sample. The sample should be returned in the envelope provided using the Royal Mail Special Delivery service.

Results

The results are usually available the day after the blood sample is taken. Women are able to telephone the Antenatal Screening Service for their results and a copy will be posted to the individuals GP or antenatal clinic.

Literature

Comprehensive information leaflets are provided to women before they have the test performed.

Helpline

The Antenatal Screening Service has a dedicated helpline to offer information and support. Staff are available to discuss the tests and results with women.

Arranging a test

There is no need for a GP or hospital referral. To arrange an Integrated or Combined test individuals should contact The London Ultrasound Centre on +44 (0)20 7935 4450. To arrange a Serum Integrated or Quadruple test individuals should contact the Antenatal Screening Service.

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