NIPT Screening

Late Reassurance Scan

NIPT Screening

From £450 £429

Available from 10 weeks, this simple blood test identifies the probable presence of conditions such as Down’s, Edward’s and Patau’s Syndromes, as well as telling you the probable gender of your baby (optional). This test includes our early reassurance scan, which is designed to locate your pregnancy, see your baby’s heartbeat, and check the wellbeing of your baby to provide you with peace of mind.

Upgrade to the Vision Total is available for this test. For more information, please scroll below or contact our team on 020 3475 9000 to discuss your options.

Scan length: 10 minutes

Appointment time: – 20 minutes (inclusive of 10 minutes for the blood test)

  • Includes our Early Reassurance Scan
  • Receive a scan report & wellbeing form
  • 2 x 2D black & white prints to take home
  • No extra charge for twins or multiple pregnancies

Please note: results will take between 5-7 working days upon receipt at the laboratory (which is UK based).

Extras:

  • Digital download of all images (£10)
  • Digital download of scan video (£15)
  • Additional prints (£3 each)

Please note:

  • We are only able to provide scans to persons over the age of 18.
  • If you would like a video recording of your scan, please let the reception team know before your scan starts.
  • The video recording has no audio capability.

What is NIPT Screening?

A Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) is a simple blood test, taken from the mother, from as early as 10 weeks into pregnancy. The test picks up the baby’s DNA within the mother’s bloodstream, and, once it is analysed, this DNA can reveal a treasure trove of important information about your baby, including what its gender is likely to be and it can give an indication as to whether certain chromosomal conditions are likely to be present.

Are NIPT Tests available on the NHS?

At present, NIPT tests are not widely available on the NHS. The NHS does offer a blood test as standard to indicate the likelihood that your baby has Down’s Syndrome. If this risk is considered high, you will then be offered an invasive test called an Amniocentesis. This test carries a risk of miscarriage, which is why most parents opt for the NIPT test; to gain a stronger indication of the likelihood of your baby having Down’s Syndrome. The NIPT test also searches for Edwards’ and Patau’s Syndromes, which the standard NHS tests do not. NIPT screening carries no risk to your baby whatsoever; it is a simple blood test and results are ready within 5-7 working days.

It’s a great option if you have been identified as having a high chance of your baby having Down’s Syndrome, but do not want to immediately have further tests that could potentially endanger your baby. It’s also great if you simply want the option to screen for more conditions or to know the possible sex of your baby as soon as possible, to enable you to be prepared for whatever parenthood might bring your way.

The Vision Test

What is it and what does it test for?

When a woman is pregnant, the baby’s DNA can be detected in her bloodstream. The NIPT test looks at the chromosomes within the baby’s DNA. This means it can detect likely chromosomal conditions. There are two levels of the Vision test available. The standard test looks for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes, as well as giving parents the option to receive information about whether there are possibly any sex chromosome conditions present, and also whether the detected sex chromosomes means the baby is likely to be a XX (girl) or XY (boy).

You can upgrade to Vision Total which screens for aneuploidy for all chromosomal pairs). Please contact our team to discuss your options.

Sex Confirmation

The earliest you can have a scan to test for a baby’s sex is around 16 weeks. An NIPT test can be taken from as early as 10 weeks, with the results arriving just 5-7 working days later. Having an NIPT test as part of your first scan appointment provides you with a holistic introduction to your baby, with the earliest possible insight into what their sex is likely to be. The sex can then be confirmed with a gender scan from 16 weeks of pregnancy.

How Does It Work?

It is important that we confirm that you are 10 weeks pregnant prior to carrying out the test, to ensure the results are valid. All Hey Baby NIPT services include a complimentary scan to confirm your gestational age.

Our experienced phlebotomist will then take one tube of blood from your arm and send it to the laboratory; the whole process takes less than 20 minutes. The laboratory will analyse the DNA to determine which belongs to you and which is from the placenta (baby’s DNA). We will then contact you with your results within 5-7 working days. There are upgrade options available where additional chromosomal differences can be tested for – please call us on 020 3475 9000 for more information.

What If The Test Finds Something?

If the test shows that any of the conditions may be present, then we will arrange for a Genetic Counsellor to contact you to discuss the results. Genetic Counsellors are specially trained professionals who will explain exactly what the results mean and talk through all the options available to you with total sensitivity and empathy.

N.B. Vision is a screening test and although false positive/negative results are rare, they can occur. Invasive testing methods would still be recommended for confirmation purposes.

How Much Does It Cost?

You can access this test through Hey Baby 4D from £429, which includes a complimentary reassurance scan (which scan depends on the gestation of your pregnancy). 

Finding Hey Baby 4D Enfield

                                

We are located on 840, Green Lanes in Winchmore Hill, Enfield. The nearest landmark is the Waitrose in Winchmore Hill. Please use postcode: N21 2RT for your sat-nav which will bring you to our clinic. There is free parking for up to 2 hours right outside the clinic and you don’t need to display a ticket. You can also park on Firs Lane or Elm Park Road which are a 2 min walk away and again free to park without the need to display a ticket. There is also additional off-street parking on Shrubbery Gardens on the opposite side of the clinic where you can park anytime except between 10:30 and 11:30am Mon to Fri.

If you are arriving by train (via the Great Northern Rail), head towards Green Lanes on exiting the Winchmore Hill Station. If you are arriving by tube, Southgate is the nearest tube station on the Piccadilly line. Take bus 125 from Southgate Underground to get off at Shrubbery Gardens which is opposite the clinic. For those arriving by Overground from Enfield Town, take bus 329 to get off at Shrubbery Gardens which is opposite the clinic.

You can call us on 020 3475 9000 for any assistance with directions or parking.

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