Pregnancy assessment centre
Our pregnancy assessment centres at Scunthorpe and Grimsby hospitals offers antenatal services to women from across North and North East Lincolnshire.
This is where you’ll come for your first trimester scan and any other tests you may require during your pregnancy such as glucose tolerance tests and cardio toco graph (to assess your babies wellbeing). A range of clinics including smoking cessation, teenage pregnancy and fetal medicine are also held here.
Women with complicated, high-risk pregnancies such as women with diabetes or hypertension are seen in the centre. Services offered including vaginal birth after caesarean and pre-operative caesarean section clinics. Women with low-risk pregnancies are looked after in the community by midwives and only referred to the centre if neccessary.
Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit Scunthorpe
This is a one stop, nurse led clinic for women experiencing early pregnancy problems, such as pain and / or bleeding, from 6 weeks of pregnancy, until 19 weeks and 6 days.
For patients who have experienced a previous ectopic or previous molar pregnancy, we will do a one off ultrasound scan at 7 weeks gestation to confirm that all is well with the current pregnancy.
For patients who have suffered recurrent miscarriage (three or more confirmed, consecutive miscarriages) we can offer weekly reassurance scan up until 12 weeks gestation.
At 20 weeks gestation and above, you will need to be seen by a midwife.
It is an appointment only system and referrals must come from a health professional.
Our service includes ultrasound scan, blood tests, pregnancy complications counselling, and arrangement of medical and surgical procedures, if needed, for miscarriage or ectopic pregnancies (a pregnancy that grows outside of the womb)
We will require you to attend with a full bladder
The sonographer will ask you to lie on a couch and expose your lower abdomen. Some jelly will be placed on your abdomen and a small probe moved over the area. Using sound waves, the Sonographer will be able to see inside your womb.
Sometimes, the pregnancy is too early, or the view too difficult to see through your abdomen. In this case we will offer you a transvaginal scan which means the probe is inserted into the lower vagina. It is in no way harmful to a pregnancy and should not be painful.
This type of scan is done on an empty bladder so the Sonographer will ask you to pass urine first.
If you are experiencing heavy bleeding (more than a very heavy period, with large clots) or severe pain that is not helped by paracetamol, then please go directly to the Emergency Care Centre.
We endeavour to see all our patients at their appointment time, however, some consultations take longer than expected, or an emergency situation may arise. So there may be a waiting time.
For any further information, please contact 03033 302052, Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.
We are based in the children and family services building which is around the back of the hospital near to the Second Avenue entrance.
The centre is accessible from the car park on Church Lane (we are located to the right of the main entrance) and also from inside the hospital on ‘B’ floor. We are open from 8am to 8pm, Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm on Saturdays and bank holidays.
Antenatal clinic: (01724) 290168
Antenatal day unit:(01724) 290409