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Manchester Placenta Clinic

The Manchester Placenta clinic was established in 2009 to improve the treatment of women both at risk of, or with, fetal growth restriction (babies failing to grow properly in the womb).

Fetal growth restriction is a relatively common complication affecting approximately 14% of pregnancies and is associated with a range of complications. Women are managed through the second half of pregnancy by a small team of midwives and doctors who are based in the Clinical Research Area. Women usually have an ultrasound scan of their baby performed at every visit;the frequency of visits is flexible depending upon patient need. Our aim is to get the best possible outcome for women and their babies by using the most up-to-date techniques and treatments available. The clinic also takes part in research, with patients often being asked to donate their placentas or take part in other studies when they come for their clinic appointments.


Our staff include:

Dr Ed Johnstone, Consultant and Senior Lecturer.Clare Suzanne Placenta Clinic

Dr Alex Heazell, Consultant and Senior Lecturer.

Mrs Suzanne Thomas, Midwife.



This clinic is held in the Clinical Research Suite, 5th Floor, Saint Mary's Hospital on Wednesday mornings.


Conditions dealt with:

  • Fetal growth restriction/Intrauterine Growth Restriction (IUGR) in either current or previous pregnancies.
  • Placental abnormalities.

What is offered to the patient?

Patients receive combined midwifery and consultant obstetric care and ultrasound scans at each visit. Risk assessment and delivery planning based on this also take place.


How do I access the service?

Patients are referred by their midwife or consultant direct to Dr Johnstone.



We are a recognised referral centre for severe early onset fetal growth restriction with placental abnormalities.


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