The Fetal Medicine Unit cares for women whose unborn babies are at risk of, or affected by, a serious abnormality.
We treat around 1000 women each year from across Luton, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire and we have a team of specialists with extensive experience in fetal medicine that diagnose, counsel and offer specialist tests or treatments (see list below) to pregnant women whose unborn babies are affected by serious conditions. We have the support of a dedicated specialist fetal medicine midwife and we work closely with fetal cardiologists, geneticists, neonatal consultants and paediatric surgeons at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
We also monitor babies with growth restriction, multiple pregnancies (twins/triplets) and babies at risk of severe fetal anaemia. Some women have medical conditions that place their unborn baby at risk and we monitor these mothers very closely.
We hold regular meetings with the neonatal consultants and geneticists to discuss the optimal management of both mother and baby. When it comes to delivery, along with the neonatal team, we plan the best time, place and mode of delivery for the women we care for.
Indication for Referral
We accept verbal referrals from GPs via Bleep 188
Specialist services provided
Fetal Medicine clinics
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Mornings
Tuesday and Wednesday Afternoons
Fetal Echocardiography clinic
One Wednesday afternoon a month (with visiting Consultant cardiologist from Great Ormond Street Hospital)
To families of all our patients, we wanted to give a reminder that sadly, at both Bedford and the Luton & Dunstable Hospital, we are still unable to allow any visitors on site, unless there are exceptional circumstances, for example in maternity or children’s departments, or for those patients who are receiving palliative treatment at the end of their lives, on a case-by-case basis.
At Bedford we will call one designated member of family every day between 1.30pm and 4.30pm with a daily phone update. Those who miss a call back during this time and are concerned can contact the helpline on 01234 730500.
For the Luton & Dunstable, we are offering a dedicated Next of Kin helpline for family members who want to check up on their loved ones – please nominate one family member to call 01582 718884 between 8am and 6pm.