The direct access non-obstetric ultrasound service is a diagnostic service available for patients aged over 18 years. A referral should be made via the GP or healthcare professional. Appointments are available on weekdays, late evenings and weekends to allow for patient choice.

Waiting times

Referral to first assessment within 1-4 weeks.

About The Service

Our NHS ultrasound service is carried out by both male and female ultrasonographers. The service carries out the following:

  • Abdominal Ultrasound (Liver, Gallbladder, Pancreas)
  • Pelvic Ultrasound (Pelvis, Kidneys, Renal)
  • TA or TVV scan (transabdominal or transvaginal)
  • Testes
  • Hernia
  • Aortic Aneurysm
  • Musculoskeletal (e.g. shoulder)

Service eligibility

We accept all referrals from GPs and healthcare professionals.

Ultrasonographer Sharon Buckley

Preparation instructions

Preparations are required for some of the investigations e.g. nothing to eat, having a full bladder etc. Preparations instructions are attached below.

On the day of the appointment

On arrival you will be received by our reception staff. You will then be seen by the ultrasonographer who will carry out the diagnostic test. If a chaperone is requested either by the patient or the ultrasonographer, this will be available. The report will be available on the day and will be sent to the requesting clinician within 2 days.

The results

Following the investigation, the results will be sent to the referring clinician within 2-5 days.