Frequently asked questions
Does a low risk result with this test mean that the baby does not have Down Syndrome?
No, any screening tests carries a risk of a false negative however the risk of this happening with the Harmony is much lower than with the routine Down screening.
If I have a high risk result does that mean that the baby’s chromosomes are abnormal?
No, not necessarily. It means that there is a higher risk and you will be offered the option of the amniocentesis to assess the chromosomes directly.
Can I have this test if I’m having twins?
Yes it is available for twin pregnancies, however it is not suitable in cases where there is a vanishing twin.
Is this test available for IVF pregnancies?
Yes this is suitable for IVF patients.
When will I get my results?
The results are processed in 5 five working days.
What if my test fails?
3 out of 100 women will require a repeat test. This may be due to not enough cell free DNA in your blood sample and passing their quality scores. If this is the case another sample of blood will be obtained and sent. Please not there will be no charge for this.
Can I find out the sex of my baby with this test?
Yes they are able to confirm the gender on single and twin pregnancies
Are there any tests that can be done with this test?
Fetal sex chromosomes can also be use to evaluate X and Y sex chromosomes. This option tests for conditions caused by having an extra or missing copy of the X and Y chromosomes including Turner And Klinefelter syndromes. This is only available for single pregnancies.
Do I need to drink water before my scan appointment?
Our guidance is to drink approximately 1 litre of water, at least 20 mins prior to the scan, however, we advise you drink as much as you can tolerate and to not make yourself uncomfortable.
Who will perform the scan and blood test?
All of our sonographers are qualified with diagnostic obstetric ulltrasound scanning experience, and are accredited by either the Health Professional Council, The General Medical Council, Society of Radiographers or Royal College of Midwives and work within the NHS alongside their role with My Ultra Healthcare Ltd.
What do I need to bring to my appointment?
Please bring your along your hospital notes (if you have been given them) and reports to assist our Sonographers if a referral is required.
Will you advise me of any abnormalities?
Please note, our scans do not replace any of your NHS scans. During your appointment a general well-being check is performed on the baby, in an event of any abnormality being detected, we will discuss this with you and provide a full report for to forward to your health practitioner.
Do I still need to visit the NHS if I had a scan with you?
Yes, our services are a complementary service, which works alongside the NHS.
What happens in terms of referrals?
We advise all our customers to advise their GP or midwife know of their intention to have a scan with us. On arrival at My Ultra Healthcare we will ask you to complete a registration form, where your GP/midwife details will be requested. If from the scan there shows a need to contact or share any information regarding you or your baby, you are responsible for providing the report to your GP/Midwife.
I have medical insurance; can I claim for my scans?
My Ultra Healthcare will be paid directly by the patient and invoice will be provided. Any claims made are between the insurance company and patient and is based on the decision of the insurance company. My Ultra Healthcare would advise to check with your insurance company first, to avoid disappointment.
How many guests/children can come with me?
We recognise the importance of having friends and family attend with you, especially with 3D/4D. We are happy for family and friends to attend, however due to limitations in space and seating, we are able to accommodate up to 5 people with the patient and children are welcome too.