A new purpose-built IVF unit has opened its doors at The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
The state-of-the-art facility brings all reproductive medicine services together in one place and includes its own theatre, lab, tank room, air quality control, recovery area, patient rooms, changing rooms, reception and waiting area.
As demand for fertility services across Teesside continues to grow the development will ensure the hospital can continue to accommodate increasing numbers of patients.
“Previously the unit was divided into different sites within the hospital and shared a theatre with obstetrics and the gynaecology day unit, but now we have our own purpose-built theatre which will treat up to 10 patients a day,” said lead consultant gynaecologist Mr Fayez Mustafa.
“We have everything now behind one door which is much more convenient for patients.
“We are very proud of our new unit. It has already successfully treated its first patients and future patients are extremely impressed when we give them a tour of the new facilities.”
The unit offers both NHS and private fertility treatment to people in the North of England and has one of the best success rates in the country.
It offers a comprehensive service including advanced techniques such as egg freezing, oncology freezing (freezing eggs/sperm of cancer patients) and surgical sperm extraction.