'Window to the Womb Reading' receives 'good' rating

The service is for women who pay for scans during pregnancy.

A private scan service for women in Reading has been rated 'good' following its first inspection by the national body that checks the quality of health care services.

Window to the Womb Reading opened in 2017 in Northumberland Avenue, offering a range of pregnancy ultrasounds to women, including early viability and dating scans, wellbeing, growth, gender and reassurance scans and 4D imaging.

Women pay for the scans in addition to any scans they are entitled to for free as part of their NHS maternity care.

In a report published on 13 May 2019, the Care Quality Commission said it spoke with five women and their partners during the inspection visit, observed scans being done, and also checked records. 

'Feedback from women and their partners confirmed that staff treated them well and with kindness.'

If a scan showed a women had experienced a miscarriage, the clinic provided emotional support and an alternative exit so they did not have to pass pregnant women on their way out.

Women could self-refer to the service, and appointment options included all day Saturday or Sunday.

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