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Ultrasound Scans without a GP Referral

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Atif Riaz

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Mr M. Usman

Ultrasound Scans without a GP Referral

Ultrasound Scans without a GP Referral

An ultrasound scan, or sonography, is a medical imaging procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to generate real-time images of the structures inside the body. Ultrasound tests are safe, non-invasive, painless procedures that provide images, enabling healthcare professionals to observe and evaluate the internal organs and tissues.


If you have a medical concern that needs to be investigated further, you can choose to have a fast-track ultrasound scan without a doctor’s referral at The Scan Clinic, London. The scans, performed by our specialists, can provide detailed information about your body and help identify the cause of your concerns or symptoms, allowing quicker diagnoses and treatment.
At The Scan Clinic, you will not need a doctor’s referral for an ultrasound scan and can refer yourself for an ultrasound scan for a same-day or convenient appointment.
Ultrasound scans are extremely safe and do not expose you to harmful radiation.

Can I get an ultrasound without a referral?

Ultrasound is a safe imaging procedure to image the body. Typically a referral is required for this test however at The Scan Clinic, you do not need a doctor’s referral for an ultrasound scan and can refer yourself. Our philosophy is to allow greater patient access to affordable premium imaging without long waiting times giving more control over their health.

Reasons to Self-Refer for an Ultrasound Scan

  • Accessibility: Recognising the urgency of health matters, we acknowledge that waiting isn’t an option. Opt for our self-referral feature to swiftly access the care you require, eliminating the need to wait for appointments and concerns about unnecessary delays.
  • Quality: At The Scan Clinic, your well-being is our utmost concern. Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a highly skilled team, we guarantee the most precise and dependable ultrasound imaging for your peace of mind.
  • Affordability: Our commitment to accessible healthcare extends to affordable pricing for all our services. We strive to ensure that quality care doesn’t come with a hefty price tag, making health services attainable for everyone.
  • Expertise: With a wealth of experience, our team is dedicated to guiding you through your ultrasound journey. From addressing your queries to instilling confidence in the capable hands overseeing your health, we’re here for you. We have provided our expertise to the NHS and the public since 2011. 
  • Control: Opting for self-referral not only expedites diagnoses but also facilitates personalised care, putting you in the driver’s seat of your health journey with greater control.

Benefits of a Self-Referral Ultrasound Scan

Ultrasound is a remarkably efficient imaging technique applicable to various medical concerns and conditions. These include:

  1. Assessing the urinary tract, encompassing the kidneys, ureters, and bladder (KUB).
  2. Examining both the upper and lower abdomen, as well as the pelvis.
  3. Conducting gynaecological evaluations, particularly focusing on the female pelvis.
  4. Performing Musculoskeletal (MSK) assessments, which involve assessing joints, muscles, and other soft tissues. This may include the scrutiny of superficial lumps and bumps.
  5. Conducting a thorough examination of soft tissue abnormalities.

Some common reasons for self-referring to an ultrasound scan include:

How to Self-refer for an Ultrasound Scan

Self-referring for an ultrasound scan at The Scan Clinic is simple. To access this service, you can follow the 4 simple steps outlined below:

1. Choose your scan(s)

Have a look through our website to see what scans you need. If you are unsure call our friendly customer care team who can guide you.

2. Schedule an appointment

You can book an appointment online using our user-friendly website or call our dedicated patient care team.

2. Prepare for your ultrasound scan

Before you attend your appointment, follow the preparation instructions provided by us. These instructions can include fasting or filling your bladder. This is important as it helps to get the most information from the scan and can provide better images. Dress comfortably and be ready to discuss your symptoms or concerns with the ultrasound specialist.

3. Attend your appointment

Arrive at The Scan Clinic on the day of your ultrasound scan. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by our friendly and professional clinical support team. Shortly after you will be taken into the scan room and meet your highly skilled ultrasound practitioner who will guide you through the procedure. They will apply a special gel to the skin and use a transducer to capture ultrasound images.

4. Receive your results

Our expert specialised ultrasound practitioners will interpret the images and generate a detailed report following the ultrasound scan. We will provide you with a digital copy of these results securely.

Patient Testimonials

HCT iBusHCT iBus
11:46 02 Dec 23
A great service that delivers in a clean and friendly safe environment that delivered exactly what we needed for our peace of mind. Really expert information and friendly service from start to finish. Will recommend to all friends and family.read more
Candice UghaonuCandice Ughaonu
11:28 03 Oct 23
Great team and the Doctor was super friendly, very detailed and reassuring. He answered all my questions and concerns. I left feeling much better. I have used them many times and will use again if required in future. Definitely recommend!read more
Gemma KGemma K
11:39 22 Jul 23
I came here for my first child’s gender reveal 3 years ago and the treatment hasn’t changed. The service is still amazing, the doctors and staff were so welcoming and kind. The doctor took his time to explain the scan to me and checking the baby. The facility is very soothing and relaxing. What an amazing team. May God bless themread more
OYRAM UDAROYRAM UDAR
15:18 12 Jul 23
I recommend this clinic from my heart , the doctor and assistent was so kind and they make me feel very confortable while on the procedure , nothing to complain, everything perfect . I will go to this clinic again if i will need it for sure .read more
Violeta GugleaVioleta Guglea
17:16 17 Jun 23
I have used the this clinic at the recommendation of my friend who had a positive experience. I have used this clinic looking for reassurance before my gallbladder removal operation. The appointment was quickly booked for the next day to suit my needs. The scan was performed by a very well spoken, professional person. The whole experience was very positive, as expected from a private clinic. From the experience I have had, I can highly recommend this clinic.read more
aditya gandhiaditya gandhi
16:08 12 Nov 22
Today me & my wife had 2nd visit of scan clinic. I must say our both visit of scan clinic are much satisfactory. We were welcomed by miss Zeenat. She was very polite and professional throughout. Scan performed very well & explained as well. Scan clinic deserves thumbs up.read more
ruth raeruth rae
15:21 07 Sep 22
I booked an early scan here and I had a great experience. All the staff were amazing and friendly. The Sonographer was great, really made me feel at ease. I would highly recommend this clinic.read more
Tiziana MonnoTiziana Monno
08:10 18 Aug 22
Beautiful experience! I was 31 weeks pregnant and a little worried about my little girl’s position. I was so patiently confirmed by the doctor and informed us of the growth. My partner and I were more than satisfied. Professionalism and kindness they made me feel comfortable.read more
Lina ZhangLina Zhang
10:55 16 Aug 22
I’ve been to this clinic 4 times over the past 7 years for both pregnancy scans and health scans. What sterling services they consistently provide! Booking is always easy either online or over the phone, minimum waiting time, and calming environment. What’s most impressive is that Mr Usman always explained the scan results thoroughly in a calm and professional way on site and in a report, and quickly spotted issues that both my hospital scan and community clinic scan completely missed (the sonographer at the hospital even asked where I did my scan as she was impressed)! This helped me eventually get timely referral and free from lots of stress. I always feel being well looked after by the team and will wholehearted recommend them to anyone who is looking for efficient, caring and professional help.read more
sannndra Ruizsannndra Ruiz
09:25 06 Aug 22
Great treatment, it’s the second time we’ve been here and we plan to repeat the whole pregnancy. They revealed the gender of the baby in week 16 and the doctor is super careful and delicate, a 10 out of 10.read more
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