REGISTERING AT THE HOSPITAL
All patients are required to register for each visit to the hospital. This includes gynaecological and antenatal consultations, ultrasound examination, blood tests and any other tests that may be necessary. As this process can take up to ten minutes please allow time to facilitate this.
To register for delivery at the Portland Hospital, you will need to inform my PA before 20 weeks and she will make the necessary arrangements. The reservations department will send the relevant forms regarding your admission including methods of payment and a request for you to make an appointment to see a midwife from the Hospital before 34 weeks. Caesarean-sections can be booked up to one month before the estimated date of delivery. For insured patients please provide the hospital administration and my PA with a letter of guarantee before 28 weeks of gestation.
ROUTINE ANTENATAL CARE
I provide antenatal care and perinatal care for women who are planning to have their baby delivered at The Portland Hospital for Women and Children. Antenatal care including antenatal consultations and ultrasound examinations can also be provided for women planning to deliver in the NHS or abroad. The full antenatal care package includes on average:
• 7 antenatal consultations at around 16, 24, 28, 31, 36, 38, 39 & 40 weeks.
A full antenatal blood profile is taken at around 12 weeks of gestation. This profile includes blood group and antibodies, haemoglobin and platelets levels, glucose level, rubella, syphilis, hepatitis B& C, HIV and toxoplasmosis status.
If you are found to be Rhesus negative and your partner is Rhesus positive you will need an Anti-D injection at 28 weeks of pregnancy and immediately after delivery if your baby is positive. If you are not immune for toxoplasmosis you will be checked again for you status during the second and third trimester. Blood is taken again at around 36 weeks to check your haemoglobin and platelets level and a vaginal swab will be taken to check for group B Streptococcus (GBS).
I also provide a prenatal diagnosis ad ultrasound service to patients booked under my care for delivery at The Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine Unit (Out-patient clinic of the Portland Hospital) including:
• 4 ultrasound examinations at 6-8 weeks (viability scan), 11-13 weeks (nuchal translucency), 19-22 weeks(detailed anatomy scan) and 34-35 weeks (growth & fetal wellbeing scan). These appointments will be directly arranged by my office.
fDNA testing (Harmony and Panorama tests) is available at the Portland Hospital. These tests are designed to detect the three most common chromosomal abnormalities being Down (T21), Edwards (T18) and Patau syndrome (T13).
If you are not intending to book with me for delivery but would like scans you can have a scan at any time during the pregnancy or opt for a consultant ultrasound package including the 4 essential scans described above.
For more information on the ultrasound examinations and additional tests please call the The Obstetric Ultrasound and Fetal Medicine Unit (Direct line: +44 (0)20 7390 6351 or +44 (0)20 7390 6357) or check the Portland hospital website (www.theportlandhospital.com/maternity/ultrasound-and-fetal-medicine/
I provide essential gynaecology consultations including contraception, treatment of gynaecological infections, screening for gynaecological cancer and menopause management. For more complex problems (Infertility, Gynaecological cancer and uro-gynaecology treatment and management) I collaborate with and can recommend you to colleagues at and outside the Portland Hospital who are national and international experts in their field.
Insured patients must inform their insurance company of their intention to deliver or have a procedure at the Portland hospital in order for their level of cover to be assessed.
All insured obstetric patients will need to provide a letter of guarantee to my office and the hospital admissions department eight weeks prior to their due date.
Claims to medical insurers for single gynaecological or obstetric consultation will depend on individual medical cover and it is advisable that you check with your insurer before attending your appointment. If you are covered it will be helpful if you bring your completed claim form and GP letter.