New partnership means wider treatment options for fertility patients
People who want to have children are benefitting from a new partnership between fertility experts in Southampton and Portsmouth.
This collaboration between Complete Fertility Centre Southampton and Portsmouth Fertility Centre brings together leading specialists in fertility medicine and embryology across the two sites - allowing patients access to a broader range of treatment options.
Until now, Portsmouth Fertility Centre, based at the Queen Alexandra Hospital, could only offer investigative fertility tests and scans, intrauterine insemination (IUI) and follow up.
The new relationship allows patients to benefit from the full range of assisted conception techniques offered by the NHS including in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
Patients in Portsmouth will be able to receive their initial consultation and assessments close to home. If NHS funded treatment is required, Portsmouth patients will come to Southampton for their egg collection and embryo transfer - but their aftercare and follow up will be back at the QA.
Professor Nick Macklon, consultant gynaecologist at the Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton, said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with colleagues in Portsmouth and together offer the full spectrum of NHS services and treatments for our patients.
“People visiting our centres sometimes find it hard to fit in treatment around their busy lives. This relationship will result in less time being spent on travel for Portsmouth patients, while still allowing them to benefit from all treatment options.
“For IVF, only two visits to the Complete Fertility Centre Southampton are required for egg collection and embryo transfer, and all other care will be provided at our sister site in Portsmouth. This improves the convenience for our patients at what can be a stressful time.”