Infertility is common, with one in six couples in the UK affected. The causes are varied and affect men and women equally leading to a delay in becoming pregnant of more than 12 months. The clinic at Worcestershire Fertility provides investigation, treatment and support for patients from Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and the surrounding counties.
At Worcestershire Fertility we understand that it is important for you to see a fertility expert, who can guide you through the investigative process and plan your subsequent care appropriately. Our aim is to ensure that our staff thoroughly know and understand your clinical needs, better enabling us to tailor your fertility treatment to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
How does Worcestershire Fertility run?
Worcestershire Fertility is run in Southbank Worcester as a satellite clinic to the highly respected Oxford Fertility clinic. By providing this satellite clinic much of your treatment can be provided locally for you. Worcestershire Fertility is run by Mr Jon Hughes who is the fertility lead for NHS patients in Worcestershire; the clinic is also staffed by highly experienced nurses. All members of the team work closely with Oxford Fertility, ensuring good communication and an excellent standard of compassionate care.
Investigations and treatments are conducted in line with Oxford’s protocols and all scan and blood test results are discussed with the Oxford team daily. There is no difference in your chances of having a baby whether you are seen in Worcester or Oxford but Worcestershire Fertility will provide more convenient appointments for you.
There will be an initial consultation at Worcestershire Fertility with Mr Hughes, where you may also meet the nursing staff. Some tests may be required prior to this initial appointment. Mr Hughes will then be able to discuss a personalised treatment plan with you.
What treatments are available in Worcester?
At Worcestershire Fertility we are able to perform investigations such as ultrasound scans, blood tests of ovulation (egg production), hormone profiles and fallopian tube testing (HyCoSy) If sperm testing is required this will be carried out in Oxford.
All of the investigations and treatments offered by Oxford Fertility can be arranged by Worcestershire Fertility. These include fertility assessments for couples worried they may have difficulty conceiving, ovulation induction for women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, fresh IVF/ICSI cycles, frozen embryo replacement cycles, intra-uterine insemination (IUI) and donor insemination (DI).
Complex fertility treatments may involve up to ten visits to a fertility center. If your treatment plan includes assisted conception all the work up and monitoring can be done locally at Worcestershire Fertility. All patients undergoing complex assisted conception techniques (such as IVF) should only need to attend Oxford three times for their nurse planning/sperm analysis, egg collection and embryo transfer appointments (or insemination if undergoing IUI or DI). Some patients may also require additional procedures (e.g. surgical sperm retrieval) which can only be done at the main Unit in Oxford.
Who can use the satellite?
The Worcester satellite service is available to all self-funding patients.
NHS patients from Herefordshire who require complex assisted conception treatments can also have their treatment if eligible. Unfortunately at present Worcestershire NHS patients cannot be treated by Worcestershire Fertility.
What do fertility investigations and treatments cost?
All of our prices are set by Oxford Fertility and can be reviewed on their web site Oxford Fertility
Finance packages are available that can refund or discount the cost if two to three courses of IVF are required Finance Packages
Egg sharing is an option which can reduce the cost of IVF (Egg sharing).
How do I arrange an appointment?
You can call Southbank 01905 362269 to book a consultation to see Mr Hughes.
For self funding patients a doctor referral is not required (self-referral) however it may help to avoid duplication of investigations and keep the expense of treatment as low as possible for you, if you ask your GP to make a referral for you. Your GP can send a referral letter to the clinic before your appointment or please complete the self referral form (Self Referral Form).
NHS patients must be referred by a doctor to confirm that they are eligible for NHS funding. NHS waiting times are currently 2-3 weeks.
Referrals can be emailed to email@example.com or alternatively post to:
139 Bath Road
IVF and complex treatment information
Donor programmes, including egg sharing
Mr Jon Hughes