Below you will find further information about the Medical Services we offer for expectant mothers:
Group B Streptococcus Screening (£35 for kit)
Group B streptococcus is the UK’s most common cause of life threatening infections in newborn babies, and of meningitis in babies up to 3 months. Most Group B Streptococcus infections (GBS) can be prevented by giving IV antibiotics to mums who carry GBS at the start of labour and screening is not routinely offered by the NHS. Screening ideally should be done in the last 5 weeks of pregnancy to best predict GBS carriage around the time of delivery. The GBS Screening packs contain:
- two swabs – rectal and vaginal
- request form
- postal pathology pack
- post-paid padded envelope
- easy to follow instructions
Kits can be purchased from the private medical services at Life Fit Wellness. The swabs are taken by the you at home and are then placed in the envelope provided and posted, along with your completed forms. Results are available within three working days and will be sent directly to yourself with an additional a copy to Dr Dickson at Life Fit Wellness.
Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT) – Harmony (£450)
Prenatal test for pregnant women of any age or risk category which is available for singleton and twin pregnancies. Also suitable for both IVF and natural pregnancies. Assesses for:
- Trisomy 21 (Downs Syndrome)
- Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome)
- Trisomy 13 (Patau Syndrome)
- Turner Syndrome (XO)
- Triple X Syndrome (XXX)
- Kleinfelters Syndrome (XXY)
- the sex of the baby
Expectant mothers need to be 10 weeks pregnant confirmed by a dating scan and will need to bring this confirmation with them for their appointment; Harmony test cannot be done without dating confirmation.
Results may take up to 5-7 working days. Patients will receive a phone call with the results from Dr Dickson and then will receive a paper copy by post for their maternity records. Any abnormal results will be discussed by Dr Dickson with the patient and onward referral for further discussion will be made to specialists.