We support fertility’s #HiddenFaces

Spire Bristol Hospital is joining forces with leading national patient charity Fertility Network UK to raise awareness during National Fertility Awareness Week 31 October – 6 November 2016 which this year focuses on the fertility community’s #HiddenFaces.

Consultant Mr Valentine Akanke from Spire Bristol Hospital is supporting the #HiddenFaces campaign by hosting an evening of FREE mini consultations on Tuesday 1 November at Spire Bristol Hospital. Mr Akanke is a fully accredited Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist with over 25 years experience in family planning and infertility.

Susan Seenan, chief executive of Infertility Network UK, said: ‘Fertility issues are all too often misrepresented and misunderstood. It’s common for media attention to be focused on stereotypes of fertility struggles: the 30- or 40-something career woman who’s left it too late; the against-the-odds IVF success story or the woman who’s apparently easily come to terms with childlessness –  but this is far from the real picture.’

‘With the help of others in the fertility community – charities, clinics, complementary therapists, counselling services, corporations and individuals – we aim to highlight the unseen, intimate and day-to-day reality of fertility issues, to overturn commonly-held misconceptions about fertility and to shine a spotlight on untold fertility stories.’

Fertility advice and information evening at Spire Bristol Hospital

‘In the UK, 1 in 6 couples experience the pain fertility problems bring. Even if you don’t have direct experience, you probably know someone who does – a family member, friend or work colleague. We hope people will join in, raise funds and help change perceptions about fertility issues.’

Spire regularly hold patient information evenings for a range of topics, which allows those individuals to start the first step towards improving their health.

‘Everyone’s situation and medical history is different, so at our patient event we want to provide women and men with a safe and secure environment to ask any questions they may have.

We perform a wide range of procedures and treatments, but the first step is to find out more information so people can make informed decisions about their health. Our event is the perfect platform for this.” Explains April Davis, Patient Treatment Advisor at Spire Bristol.

If you are interested in booking on to the event with Mr Akanke then contact Spire Bristol on 0117 980 4080 or email info@spirebristol.com. Places are limited and run every 15 minutes.

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