June 2008: Changes to the unit
We are delighted to be able to inform you of exciting new changes at the Guys and St Thomas Fertility Clinic. A brand new state-of-the-art facility on the 11th Floor of our building is now nearing completion. This gives us more comfortable spacious accommodation and improved facilities.
We regret that and, as you might expect, the move will cause some disruption to our service. It is really important that we maintain our high standards of patient care and safety for which reason we will have to decrease our caseload over the transfer period. We will continue to treat patients, at a slightly reduced service during the move in August, but hope to be able to build up to a full service in September.
Most new couples will be aware of this move as we have tried to inform as many of you as possible during consultations. However we are aware that this may be a surprise to those whom we have not seen recently.
We appreciate that the delay in starting treatment during this period will be a disappointment for some of you, but hope that you understand that we will do our best to sort out a IVF cycle for you once we are safely in our new department.
We thank you for your patience and hope that you will like the new facilities and be able to benefit from an improved service.
February 2008: Unit publishes study on pregnancy rates.
Dr Yacoub Khalaf, clinical director of the unit has published an important study on how to reduce multiple pregnancies without reducing the overall pregnancy rates. For more information:
See the study highlights
Read the full article as published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
See a podcast from the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology discussing the paper.
Sept 2007: Hospital Doctor Awards 2007
The Assisted Conception Unit was one of three teams short listed for the prestigious Hospital Doctor awards in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology category.
The Hospital Doctor award is a national event open to all NHS Trusts to recognise and reward the excellent work carried out. Teams are assessed for their innovation, teamwork, quality and effective use of resources.
Although the team did not win the award, to be nominated itself is an achievement that we are proud of.
The unit won the Innovation Team of the Year in the 2006 awards, for the work in the field of Pre-Implantation Genetic Diagnosis.
To visit the news article that was released please visit:
We are proud to announce that the unit was awarded ISO 9001:2000 certification, an internationally recognised quality management system standard developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).
A lot of time and effort was spent by individual teams to ensure that our unit met the standards set out by ISO. Our patients' needs and requirements are our main focus and achieving certification demonstrates our commitment to our patients.
Internal audits are routinely undertaken to ensure all processes and procedures carried out in the Unit are managed efficiently, and to identify any improvements that can be made.
Key performance indicators are regularly analysed to ensure all of our systems are working correctly, in this way any problems are picked up on quickly and corrective action taken.
All patients are asked for feedback on their treatment at the Unit. This information is crucial for us to be able to continually improve the patient experience.