Our clinics

Tommy’s clinics allow us to translate our cutting-edge research into improvements in care, and help us connect with women and birthing people who are eligible to take part in our clinical trials.

Our research centres work in partnership with specialist NHS clinics that care for women and birthing people at risk of pregnancy complications or loss. Families who are seen at our clinics have the opportunity to participate in some of our research trials.

Manchester clinics

The Placenta Clinic

In 2009, we opened the UK’s first placenta clinic run by Prof Alex Heazell, which works with pregnant women whose babies have growth restriction. After 9 years and over 10,000 appointments, the Manchester Placenta Clinic has fulfilled its goal of becoming a hub for research into fetal growth restriction both in St Mary’s Hospital and the North West region.

The Preterm Birth Prevention Clinic

The Preterm Birth Prevention Clinic is a specialist service dedicated to caring for those women and birthing people who are at higher risk of having a premature birth or a late miscarriage because of issues related to cervical weakness. 

The Rainbow Clinic

The Tommy’s Rainbow Clinic, established in 2013 at St Mary’s Hospital, provides specialist care and support for parents who have suffered a stillbirth or neonatal death. Run by Prof Alex Heazell, the clinic has been so successful that we have now opened a second Rainbow Clinic at Wythenshawe Hospital in South Manchester. This has enabled us to increase the number of families who can access the Rainbow Clinic by 30%. 


The Manchester VELOCITY Clinic provides multidisciplinary care for women who have type 1 or type 2 diabetes. The clinic is led by Prof Jenny Myers alongside a team of specialist midwives, diabetes specialist nurses and a diabetologist. The clinic provides additional monitoring and support for the management of diabetes (including glucose sensors) and extra ultrasound scans throughout the pregnancy.

The Lupus in Pregnancy (LIPs) Clinic

As part of the Manchester suite of clinics, Tommy’s is supporting this specialist clinic run by Dr Clare Towers. The clinic helps women with the autoimmune disorder Systemic Lupus Erythematous, and related diseases. These increase the risk of problems such as pre-eclampsia, premature birth and growth restriction. Tommy’s supports the clinic through access to our research midwives.

The Manchester Antenatal Vascular Service (MAViS)

Run by Prof Jenny Myers at St Mary’s hospital in Manchester, this clinic gives extra monitoring and pregnancy care to women with a history of high blood pressure, and those at risk of related complications. MAViS is currently home to exciting research funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Tommy’s supports the clinic through access to our research midwives.

Miscarriage clinics

Miscarriage is the most common complication of pregnancy: 1 in 5 women experience at least 1 miscarriage during their lifetime. 

Our National Centre for Miscarriage Research spans 3 universities and 4 hospitals, all with a drive to better understand miscarriage and improve the lives of those who experience early pregnancy loss. 

Our aim is to make a significant reduction in preventable miscarriages in the UK, especially among couples with a history of recurrent miscarriages. Every year we care for 24,000 couples with early pregnancy complications. We aim to make a difference by finding answers for these families.

Our clinics are based in:

  • Birmingham Women’s Hospital
  • University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire
  • St Mary’s Hospital, London
  • Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, London

Find out more about our clinics here.

Preterm birth clinics

Across the UK, 1 in 13 babies are born prematurely (before 37 weeks) - that's nearly 8% of all live births. 

Tommy’s National Centre for Preterm Birth Research has well-established partnerships with NHS preterm birth clinics at 10 different hospitals in England. These clinics help with recruitment to clinical trials and research studies being carried out at our research centre. The clinics are based in:

  • Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London
  • Newham Hospital, London
  • Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital, London
  • St Mary’s Hospital, London
  • St Thomas’ Hospital, London
  • The Royal London Hospital
  • University College Hospital, London
  • Leeds General Infirmary
  • St James’s University Hospital, Leeds
  • University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire 

Find out more about these clinics here.