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Ms Ciara McKenna

Ms Ciara McKenna

DCR PgDip (Clinical Ultrasound)

specialty Ultrasound

SPECIAL EXPERTISE IN Prenatal Diagnosis

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Ciara McKenna is an Advanced Practitioner in Obstetric and Gynaecologic Ultrasound at The Medical Chambers Kensington, with a particular interest in early pregnancy scanning and pregnancy complications and congenital heart defects.

Ciara has reported on obstetric, gynaecological and abdominal examinations at four NHS hospitals, including Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital where she was Head of the Obstetric and Gynaecologic Ultrasound departments.

Whilst at Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital she was actively involved in increasing the prenatal detection of congenital heart defects from less than 50% to 80%. She also participated in a multicentre trial using transvaginal ultrasound in post-menopausal women led by Mr Nick Panay FRCOG (UK) and Dr Anna Parsons (USA).

Ciara has taught extensively and presented numerous papers to international ultrasound societies related to cardiac defects, cleft lip/palate, prenatal detection of Down syndrome and vasa previa (a condition where the blood vessels from the placenta or umbilical cord block the birth canal and rupture as the waters break).

Ciara currently trains sonographers at St Thomas' Hospital in London. Previously she has trained sonographers, consultants and obstetricians at Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital, London and at the Fetal and Women's Center, Scottsdale Arizona; and has taught at the annual Fetal Cardiac Course organised by Dr Helena Gardiner at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, for obstetricians, cardiologists, radiologists and sonographers.

Ciara's most recent scientific presentation was in the application of 3D ultrasound in the detection of absent nasal bones in fetuses with Down syndrome at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

languages English

education + posts

  • Fetal & Women's Centre of Arizona Scottsdale AZ USA: Director of Education & Training/Lead Sonographer 
  • Queen Charlottes & Chelsea Hospital London: Manager/Lead Sonographer 
  • London South Bank University: Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Ultrasound (PG DipUS) 
  • Kings College Hospital London: Diploma of the College of Radiographers (DCR) 

memberships

  • Society of Radiographers
  • International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynaecology
  • American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
  • Nuchal Translucency Certificate
  • Certificate of Excellence in TVS of the Post-Menopausal Pelvis

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Patient Reviews and Ratings

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  4.9 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 May 2018

Ciara who completed our scan had such a lovely manner, was incredibly thorough and knowledgeable. We thoroughly enjoyed our appointment as a result. Thank.

  4.8 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2018

Ciara is the best.

  5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2018

I wanted to drop you a line to thank you and all involved for your help with the Maternit21+ test. You all worked so hard to keep the turnaround time to a minimum and for the logistics to work smoothly and for that I am so grateful at what is already a very stressful time. Please say a huge thank you to Elise Bernard, Dr Nyberg and of course Ciara McKenna who has been wonderful throughout.

  4.8 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 08 Feb 2018

Though I was 30 minutes late for my appointment because of train delays I was still seen by Ciara. I had to wait a little longer but I didn't mind as I had been late arriving. I will certainly be recommending the clinic to others.

  5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 05 Feb 2018

Excellent service but prices are high

  4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 02 Feb 2018

Nothing, everything was good.

  4.9 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 17 Jan 2018

I WAS SO HAPPY I CAN'T! [in reply to "Please tell us about anything else you want us to know or how we could improve your experience here."] AND I LOVE THE FACT YOU HAVE A COFFEE MACHINE!!

  4.9 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 08 Jan 2018

Everyone very friendly and very helpful. Thank you very much.

  5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2017

I felt the calm, efficient atmosphere as soon as I walked through the door of The Medical Chambers Kensington. Ms McKenna listened carefully to my concerns and made me feel comfortable and relaxed from the moment I arrived. Subsequent investigations proceeded in a positive and unhurried manner.

  5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2017

Incredibly impressed by Ciara McKenna, by far the most thorough and knowledgeable sonographer I've seen in two pregnancies.

  5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 27 Sep 2017

Ciara the sonographer was so professional and had a very friendly, reassuring style which I found really helped the anxiety levels. Great bedside manner!

  5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2017

The sonographer I saw was amazing - couldn't have been better - and the scan was such high quality! Really pleased with your service, definitely worth it and would recommend highly to family and friends.

  5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 19 Sep 2017

Best ultrasound experience I've ever had, amazing equipment and operators!!

  5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 12 Sep 2017

Extremely happy and satisfied. Thank you.

  4.8 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2017

I couldn't get the tap in the toilet on the second floor to work! Other than that everything was excellent.

  3.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2017

Overall positive experience with the staff. It took a little longer than I would have to liked to receive the report and photos of the appointment.

  4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2017

Well I suppose everything was very pleasant as I want it.

  5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 14 Jul 2017

It was just perfect.

  5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 07 Jul 2017

Ciara McKenna was amazing as usual. Dr Nyberg took time away from the match at Wimbledon to answer questions. Absolutely unbelievable. I couldn't be more grateful for their time.

  5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 06 Jul 2017

It was a wonderful experience.