Fetal medicine unit

Our fetal medicine units (FMUs) at Chelsea and Westminster and West Middlesex hospitals are run by teams of specialists who offer individualised care for pregnant women and their families when there is concern about the health of an unborn baby. Our renowned consultants and experienced midwives are able to provide a high standard of care in a calm and supportive environment. In cases of urgent referrals we offer appointments within 24–48 hours. We are always happy to discuss a referral over the telephone to ensure an appropriate appointment can be made.

Women referred to the unit can expect to be scanned by one of our fetal medicine consultants using the latest ultrasound equipment. Women and their families will be counselled prior to the appointment and any findings will be discussed in detail with ample opportunity to ask questions. Before parents leave the unit they will also have a clear plan for their ongoing care.

What we offer

The FMU diagnoses and manages:

  • Chromosomal abnormalities, such as Down’s Syndrome
  • Genetic conditions
  • Structural fetal defects
  • Fetal conditions requiring surgical follow-up after birth
  • Significant fetal cardiac anomalies
  • Fetal growth restriction with the use of ultrasound doppler examination
  • Twin and higher multiple pregnancies
  • Pregnancies affected by red cell antibody incompatibility
  • Diagnoses of chromosomal and genetic syndromes by chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis
  • Invasive procedures such as pleurocentesis, amniodrainage and feticide (Chelsea site only)

External organisations

Choose us

Self refer online


Get help (maternity helpline)

Chelsea and Westminster
T: 020 3315 6000

West Middlesex
T: 020 8321 5839 

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