IVF/ICSI: Which Hospital?

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IVF/ICSI: Which Hospital?

Postby JenM » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:20 pm


After several months of investigations, we've been told that we can get NHS funded IVF/ICSI treatment (masculine fertility issue). Until today I thought we could receive treatment either at Kingston or St Helier's hospital and we just needed to pick. Went for an appointment today at St Helier and was told that we could actually receive the treatment for 1 cycle either at St Thomas, Chelsea & Westminster, King's College, Kingston or St Helier.
Try to look for some information, but I am a bit lost. We live in Clapham Junction and I work at Olympia/Hammersmith. I would be tempted to go for Chelsea and Westminster as I believe it is a good hospital and it would probably be more convenient.

Does any of you have any experience of those hospitals for IVF Treatment?

Thanks for your help
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Re: IVF/ICSI: Which Hospital?

Postby Chucka » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:53 am

I know this is not what you might want to hear but in the light of the article below I would suggest to re-consider?  

There are positive alternatives: other projects -helping children if that is what are drawn to... adoption, fostering and maybe even you have natural fertility possibilities from people such as lifefertility.  By my mid 40s it was very possible we would not have a child.  We did in the end but life is deeply rich and worthwhile whether we are biological parents or give our gifts in other ways.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... nancy.html
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Re: IVF/ICSI: Which Hospital?

Postby this_is_cat » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:24 am

What a horrible post! And how totally irrelevant to the question. Why on earth should that article make any difference to what JenM does?

Chelsea and Westminster assisted conception unit has great results
My main criticism of them was being a bit ‘one plan fits all’ in their approach, but with male factor issues, this won’t be much of a problem

The department does get quite busy so there can be some waiting around but that is true for all IVF clinics

Your 1 funded round will cover a frozen transfer as well, if your fresh round doesn’t work, but subsequent transfers will have to be paid privately
The cost of a transfer at C&W is absurdly high - far more than any other Clinic - so if this is something you have to consider, you might want to think about transferring your embryos to another clinic. The cost of moving them still means it’s cheaper

Good luck with your choice and also your treatment
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Re: IVF/ICSI: Which Hospital?

Postby j88 » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:01 am

Hi Jen

We had ICSI treatment a few years ago at St Thomas. I would say they are good and they were supportive.

Best of luck with your journey.

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Re: IVF/ICSI: Which Hospital?

Postby IrenaP » Mon Aug 13, 2018 8:03 am

I agreed - Chuka’s Post is ridiculous. Have you read the HFEA results? With IVF do check into the results. I know somebody who had a poor result at Kingston - part of the procedure was done with the private (and in her experience not great) bridge clinic. Try finding out about the whole supply chain if it’s not all in house and then again see what HFEA says.

Good luck. IVF changed my life.

Also another tip if you want it is that you may wish to consider auxiliary treatment along side such as nutrition/ acupuncture etc. I found this very helpful as the experience was stressful and medically focused. One of the key things is building up your protein levels, apparently. Zita West helped me with this.
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Re: IVF/ICSI: Which Hospital?

Postby Dalma » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:47 am

We used the C&W hospital (ICSI treatment) twice. Now l have two little girls (6y and 4y).

Good luck with your choice and your treatment x