Hi everyone, we've been accepted for nhs funded ivf, we now have to make a choice on where to go, Barts,bourn hall, ivf hammersmith, so many choices but new to this is there any where anyone could recommend or are they all similar in service and quality? Any replies would be gratefully recieved. Many thanks carly.x
Do you mean Bourn Hall in Cambridge? If so I can vouch for them...they are great. I had my first Ivf there in aug 09 which resulted in my baby boy, and am currently on my 'two week wait' after a privately funded cycle to try fir another baby! The staff and the setting are fantastic. Such a lovely place to have treatment.
Good luck with your Ivf journey wherever you chose to go.
If you have any other questions I will do my best to answer!
I am a three time unlukcy IVF lady, all NHS funded through North Herts and had all three of my cycles at Hammersmith. It is very hard not to be biased about treatment, when you have not been successful, but will try my best to be fair. Things to consider about Hammersmith are
Travel into London -we are Stevange based so for all three of my cycles I had to travel into London before work for scans, blood test and of course the transfer and egg collection. This can be costly, very stressful, tiring and have impact on your life. I almost decided to change hospitals for my final cycle, but then stayed put, not sure this was the best course of action in the end.
Patient care - unfortunately with NHS funded cycles, I did feel we were treated differntly from private patients. We were just another couple, shipped in, shipped out, and did not get much care during treatment.
Privacy - on day of egg collection and transfer, the staff are all very helpful but you do feel you are on a conveyor belt and there is very little privacy at times - very close to bed next you to, when DH has to do his bit - all very close and clinical - if you get me!!
I dont want to sound negative about this hospital and we do feel very fortunate we had three NHS attempts, but our final cycle did not even get to transfer, as we had zero fertilisation. We should have had ICSI, and had always requested this but this informatino was not passed on to the embroylogy team - which is so unfair. We have since challenged and got to see a very senior guy there, who was great, but we did not get this treatment up to the point where I complained BIG TIME!!
I hope I dont sound really negative, and wish when i was starting out 18 months ago I had as much info as I had now.
My best advise is to use this site loads, get the support and advice from other ladies and keep strong with your partner. IVF is very very stressful, and it is a tough journey - I am being honest.
On a personal level, we are going private now as I have come a long way on this journey and not ready to stop yet, but am changing clinic. All the best and I can help anymore, please tap back
No worries - it is a pleasure to be able to share info, knowledge and experience with people and my philosophy is def pass on info - for me it makes me realise the last 18 months have not been in vain!!
If you are like me and have unexplained infertity, it is all the more frustrating!!!
If you want a good book to help you understand what IVF is, about ISCI and all the treatments etc i would really recommend anything by an author whos surname is West. She is a bit lefty in some of her approaches, but in terms of facts, her books are really good reference books. I used them loads and now feel I know so much. It is so important you understand what you are going through as it can all be very baffling and I am now quite cynical in what you are told at the hospital, esp on the NHS!!
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