Available from 10 weeks onwardsIf you are concerned about the wellbeing of your baby, we recommend our Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing & Scan. Our NIPT scan is a non-invasive blood test which analyses cell-free DNA from the foetus which circulates in the pregnant mother’s blood.
This is an advanced non-invasive test for Down Syndrome, which looks at detecting the trisomy 21 Down Syndrome, trisomy 18 Edwards Syndrome, trisomy 13 Patau Syndrome and sex chromosome conditions. Our non-invasive prenatal testing & scan is available any time after 10 weeks gestation and should be paired with a dating scan in order to date your pregnancy as accurately as possible.
You will be asked to complete a consent form prior to the blood test being performed. Once these have been signed and the non-invasive prenatal test has taken place, they will be sent to our laboratory to extract the DNA from the blood sample.
To provide a result, there needs to be enough foetal DNA in the maternal blood. If there is not enough, another sample will be required and processed at no extra charge. The results of your NIPT scan will be ready in approximately five to seven working days.
After the non-invasive prenatal test, the number of women required to have a CVS or amniocentesis is less than 1%. It is important to note that if the test results show a high risk of trisomy 21, 18, 13 or sex chromosome conditions, it does not mean that the foetus definitely has one of these conditions, but it is highly likely. In the event of a high-risk result, a follow-up test via an invasive procedure is recommended.
All results should be forwarded onto your GP/midwife for their analysis and to include within the hospital notes. It is your responsibility to ensure they receive the reports from your non-invasive prenatal test. Our scans are performed by highly-qualified sonographers who have extensive obstetric scanning experience.
This package also involves a scan with your NIPT so you can see how your little one is growing.