When I went for my booking appointment at 12 weeks the midwife told me that if I wished to have the initial screening test for downs syndrome I would have to book the blood test through my gp practice as that is where it is done rather than at the hospital. She gave me the forms I have to take and told me that if I wished the test I would have to book an appointment for week beginning the 12th April as this is the best time for the test to be carried out.
I have since decided to have the test, not that it would change anything if I came back high risk but I just want to know really how high the risk is.
My question is ladies (and it may sound a silly one) but who am I supposed to book the appointment with, the nurse? Gp? or the midwife who I know is only there one day a week? I know according to where you are in the country these things seem to vary but any help would be greatly appreciated xx
will it be your 16 week appointment? i booked a 16 week appointment with my midwife & she asked me then if i wanted to have the blood test. if i had, she would have taken the blood there & then. i imagine it's the same for you my appointment with the midwife was booked throug my doctors' surgery & i had it at the surgery.
will it be your 16 week appointment? i booked a 16 week appointment with my midwife & she asked me then if i wanted to have the blood test. if i had, she would have taken the blood there & then. i imagine it's the same for you
I think it depends where and how your care is done, for me i see the midwife every now again, i went to the hospital for bloods and nuchal scan which was done when the dating scan was done, I don't even see my doctor, only midwife at our little maternity unit, and the consultants and midwife's at the hospital. (I am an older mum so i had the both tests and the nuchal is done at 11-13 weeks which is why they did the bloods the same time, otherwise bloods are done about 16 weeks)
It sounds like you go to see the doctor for some stuff, or the midwife's are based at your surgery, if this is the case then it sounds like you should phone the surgery and as for blood tests, stating exactly what they are for as we have quite a few possibilities with blood tests during pregnancy!, but i am not sure why the midwife would not do them?
Perhaps ask her again then book?
Thanks ladies, it sounds like we do things differently here as I will only ever have two visits to the hospital during pregnancy (providing there are no complications) and the rest of my care is done through my gp practice but only after 20 weeks. In between now and then I don't see anyone. The midwife said I had to make the appointment myself through the doctor surgery but they only have one community midwife who visits once a week. I have a green form that says Pregnancy screening for downs syndrome and neural tube defects that I have to take to the gp practice along with the consent form. I just assumed that these types of tests are done at the hospital but she has even written on the form to make an appointment at gp practice for week beginning 12th April. I just dont know who it should be made with, lol Thanks for your replies xx
Well my doctor told me to get the test lol not really a choice.. but I had to make an appointment at a blood screening place and they sent the results to my midwife.. they usually give you a paper with the number and locations if thats the way they do it..
I would just call the doctors, the receptionist will advise you what to do. I had mine done at the same time as my 12 week dating/screening scan.
Yeah, I think that's probably what I'm going to have to do as I have no idea who at my gp surgery I am supposed to see to get it done.
It's funny that you should say that as I am sure that when I was pregnant with my son they did the blood test when I had my booking appointment and scan but this time it is being done through the surgery. Thanks for taking the time to reply xx
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