About Ultrasound Direct

Ultrasound Direct is an award winning healthcare provider of private ultrasound appointments with more than 75 clinics and 220 sonographers throughout the country.

How it all started

The company is the brainchild of husband and wife Mike and Jan Steward. The pair share a passion for innovation, which they have channelled into creating a unique service for people receiving ultrasounds.

They created the first Babybond® scan in 1998 to give pregnant women more choice when accessing ultrasound appointments.

At the time, Jan had been working as a sonographer for the NHS for 15 years and recognised that many women wanted longer scan appointments. She felt it was important that women didn’t feel rushed at what is often an emotional moment during pregnancy. She remains committed to meeting the needs of expectant women.

Mike spent many years working on ultrasound equipment as an engineer and gained a huge amount of technical and business expertise. He even worked on the first 3D scanners in 1994. 

Our services

Although we initially only offered baby scans, we introduced the Ultrasound Direct brand in 2011 to offer a whole range of private scans for men and women to help with the diagnosis of a range of conditions.

You can either come to us through self referral or GP referral. The NHS also commissions some of our ultrasound services. 

Your health needs, our values

Offering you high quality affordable healthcare is our top priority. We’ll never try to sell you unnecessary scans. 

Why choose us?

We have high care standards - We’re registered with the Care Quality Commission - the independent regulator of health and social care in England - who has inspected and rated our services as meeting national standards.

We only use qualified health professionals  - All our sonographers are fully qualified to perform diagnostic ultrasounds for women's and men's health and they follow the latest safety guidelines. Our Babybond® Guarantee assures priority is given to diagnostics and wellbeing at every pregnancy scan as well.

We’re convenient - You can easily choose from a wide range of appointment times and locations using our award winning online booking system.

Founders and Board of Directors

Jan Steward - read more

As a trained healthcare professional with more than 30 years’ experience of providing ultrasound services, Jan is committed to continually innovating in the field.
mike steward

Mike Steward - read more

As a trained engineer who has worked on ultrasound technology since 1977, Mike has worked with leading labs worldwide. He uses his technical and business development experience to continually enable Ultrasound Direct to deliver affordable quality services.

Kevin Harrington

As a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology, Kevin has worked for both the NHS and private practices since 1986. He’s published scientific papers and co-authored many books on the subject of medical ultrasound applications.

Mike Piper

As a former director of the private equity firm 3i plc, Mike Piper has over 25 years’ experience in business development. He helps manage a private GP healthcare practice in the Midlands and assists high growth companies like Ultrasound Direct with their business development.

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