The UK based National Fertility Society has opened its first clinic in Shrewsbury, offering fertility MOTs, blood tests and baby scans
The organisation, founded and run by Sandra Bateman and Joanne Carwardine, said the reason for the new clinic was to give couples, single women and same-sex couples the opportunity to seek affordable treatment to start families of their own.
Currently the clinic has consultation, clinic and treatment areas, as well as a recovery room, an area for blood tests and a sperm storage room.
IUI fertility service will be available in the coming months
The pair said the clinic, which will be known as the NFS Hub, has recently been inspected by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and they hope to gain a licence to become an intrauterine insemination (IUI) fertility clinic very soon.
Sandra said: “We have Care Quality Commission registration, so are able to offer an extensive range of diagnostic ultrasound scans as part of fertility investigations and assisted conception treatment. We can also carry out infection screening for both partners, including HIV and Hepatitis B and C, along with other specialist blood tests. We have accredited sonographers to perform 3 and 4D scans and gender scans too.”
IUI is used in couples where there is reduced sperm motility, psychosexual issues or hostile cervical mucus. It is also offered to same-sex couples and single women using donor sperm. Working alongside a woman’s own menstrual cycle, IUI involves regular scanning.
Joanne said: “The idea is patients purchase sperm from the sperm bank, and have it delivered to the NFS Hub where they would have the IUI treatment. We are trying to eradicate as much as possible the grey market, where exploitation can happen. We are a not for profit and we aim to keep the cost of IUI treatment as low as possible.
“We want people to have access to fairly priced treatment so that they can have a family.”
For more information visit www.nfshub.co.uk