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Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing & Scan

NIPT Test Blood Test

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (Nipt) is one of the most advanced pregnancy screenings available to expectant mothers and parents who want to find out if they have a high or low probability of having a baby with Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome, or Patau’s Syndrome. 

Ultrasound Plus is one of the UK’s leading private NIPT providers. You can book NIPT Birmingham, Brentwood, East London, Leicester, Kingston Upon Thames, or Watford appointments depending on where you live and which of our clinics is most convenient to you. You do not need a GP referral. 

What is the purpose of a non-invasive prenatal test and scan?

NIPT is an advanced type of non-invasive prenatal testing that identifies the probability of a foetus having Down’s syndrome, Edwards’ syndrome, or Patau’s syndrome. These are all genetic disorders that are caused by having an additional copy of a chromosome, also known as trisomy. 

When you have an NIPT, we will search for chromosomal abnormalities, including trisomy 21 (Down’s syndrome), trisomy 18 (Edwards’ syndrome), trisomy 13 (Patau’s syndrome), as well sex chromosome conditions.

When can you have an NIPT test procedure?

We offer NIPT testing from as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy, though it can be carried out at any stage of pregnancy. NIPT can be carried out before the NHS nuchal translucency scan which is typically carried out at 12 weeks. 

What does a non-invasive prenatal test and scan include?

When you have an NIPT and scan at Ultrasound Plus, it will include:

A scan will also be performed to measure the baby confirm the foetal age, and confirm whether it is a single or multiple pregnancy. This will all be carried out by our professional and friendly team of sonographers. 

Accurate NIPT tests and scans

Due to the sensitivity of the blood test, NIPT testing is highly accurate when using the mother’s blood. That being said, it’s important to note that even if your NIPT comes back as high probability, this does not mean your baby 100% has a chromosomal disorder and further testing will be required. 

only £395.00

(Includes booking deposit of £20)

*Please Note for Multiple Pregnancies, there is an additional charge of £25 added to your package

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A6 2D B/W Image
£5.00

2D Keyring
£6.00

2D Fridge Magnet
£4.00

A6 2D/3D B/W Image
£5.00

4 x 6 3D Colour Images
£6.00

2D/3D download images
£6.00

2D DVD (Only Available From 12 - 22 Weeks)
£10.00

What to expect during an NIPT scan

When you arrive to our clinic for an NIPT, you will be asked to complete a consent form before the blood test is performed. Once this has been signed and the non-invasive prenatal test has taken place, the sample will be sent to our laboratory to extract the DNA. Also known as the harmony test, the blood test will give us an accurate reading of the foetal DNA to determine any possible problems that an ultrasound scans might not show.

In order to provide an accurate result, there needs to be enough foetal DNA in the maternal blood. If there is not enough, another blood sample will be required, and we will process this at no extra charge. The results of your NIPT scan will be ready in approximately five to seven working days.

What happens after your NIPT test in the UK?

In the event of a high-risk result from an NIPT, a follow-up test via an invasive procedure is recommended. This will usually take the form of amniocentesis (this is where amniotic fluid is extracted for testing), or chronic villus sampling (CVS) (this is where a placental sample is extracted). The number of women required to have CVS or amniocentesis is less than one percent.

We understand this can be worrying, but it is the best thing to do to ensure your baby is safe moving forwards. Professionals always carry out invasive testing, so you can rest assured you will be properly cared for.

All results will be forwarded to you and it is your responsibility to forward these onto your GP/midwife for analysis and will be included within the hospital notes. It is your responsibility to ensure they receive the reports from your non-invasive prenatal test. 

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 has one of these conditions, but it is highly likely.

Book an appointment today

Book now or email info@ultrasoundplus.co.uk for more information about NIPT scans at any of our clinics. Our team is always more than happy to help you in any way we can. Whether you are simply looking for further information or to book in for a combined test, we are always available to discuss your needs.

Our team at Ultrasound Plus is passionate about helping pregnant women as much as we can. You can find non-invasive prenatal tests and scans in London, Brentwood, Birmingham, Watford, Leicester, and Kingston upon Thames. Get in touch to make an appointment today. We can carry out the test of both single and twin pregnancies, and all our scans are performed by highly qualified sonographers with extensive obstetric scanning experience.

only £395.00

(Includes booking deposit of £20)

*Please Note for Multiple Pregnancies, there is an additional charge of £25 added to your package

Non-invasive prenatal test and scan FAQs

Any NIPT screening test carries with it the risk of a false negative. However, this risk of this happening in our non-invasive prenatal test is much lower than the standard down syndrome screening.

No, not necessarily. A high-risk result from your non-invasive prenatal test means there is a higher risk of abnormal chromosomes, and you will be offered the option of amniocentesis to assess the chromosomes directly.

Yes, you can have the non-invasive prenatal test if you’re having twins.

Yes, our non-invasive test is suitable for IVF patients.

The results of your non-invasive prenatal test will be available in five to seven working days.

Three out of every 100 women will require a repeat test. This could be due to an insufficient level of cell-free DNA in your blood sample, or it may not pass the quality score. If this happens, another sample will be obtained and sent back to our laboratory. There will be no charge for this.

 

Yes, we will be able to confirm the gender of single and identical twin pregnancies after 10 weeks of gestation.

Yes, we can use NIPT testing to assess the likelihood of sex chromosome disorders caused by having a missing or extra copy of X and Y chromosomes, including Turner syndrome and extra microdeletions, such as Klinefelter syndrome. This is only available for single pregnancies.

Yes, it is recommended that you drink one litre of water at least 20 minutes before your appointment.

Our friendly sonographers will perform your non-invasive prenatal test and scan and will keep you informed every step of the way. Our sonographers work within the NHS alongside their role at Ultrasound Plus and are accredited by the Health Professional Council, the General Medical Council, the Society of Radiographers, or the Royal College of Midwives.

Please be sure to bring any hospital notes you may have which can assist our sonographers if a referral is required.

Yes, our scans are an additional service to be used alongside the NHS.

You must let your GP or midwife know your intention to have a scan with Ultrasound Plus. Before your appointment, we will ask you to complete a registration form where your GP/midwife details will be requested. It is your responsibility to report any findings to your GP/midwife.

Ultrasound Plus will be paid directly by you (the patient) and an invoice will be provided. Any claims made are between the insurance company and the patient and it is at the insurer’s discretion whether you can claim for this on your policy. We advise you to check with your medical insurance company before booking an appointment to avoid disappointment.

If you would like to bring guests along with you to your NIPT scan, you are more than welcome to bring up to five friends and family members.

“We have now had 3 scans at the Brentwood branch, and the staff are lovely! This has been our favourite private clinic.. the sonographer Teresa is lovely, she explains everything in so much detail and doesn’t rush through the scan! No doubt we will be back again before our baby comes.”

Hayley Kitt