Ninewells Hospital

There are various types of fertility treatments and the contact telephone number and address for Ninewells Hospital, can be found below.

If you would like to find out if you are suitable for fertility treatment or information about a particular procedure or treatment, contact a local clinic.

Ninewells Hospital

Ninewells Hospital
Assisted Conception Unit
Ward 35
Ninewells Hospital
Tel: 01382 632 111

Clinic details: Lying on the coast of Scotland, Dundee is the fourth largest Scottish city, and possesses a reputation for discoveries and advancements in science and industry. The RRS Discovery is one of the city's landmarks, the vessel used by Robert Falcon Scott to explore the Antarctic. The ship was famously built in Dundee and now lies as a monument within the city's harbour, a striking sight from the nearby city centre. Treatment is offered at the Ninewells Hospital ACU for private and NHS patients up to 42 years of age provided that they fall under a BMI of 35. Treatments are many and varied and include stapes like artificial insemination and IVF. Artificial insemination is performed through the IUI technique (intrauterine insemination) which involves administering a semen sample (from a donor if applicable) into the womb of a woman to achieve conception. Both donor insemination and standard IUI are offered with or without the use of fertility drugs to induce ovulation. The use of these drugs depends on your individual circumstances, preferences, and what your clinician advises you is the best route for your treatment. In vitro fertilisation is provided with ICSI if necessary, a method also known as intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection which, as the name tells us, involves injecting a sperm cell directly into an egg cell for fertilisation. Standard IVF without ICSI is on offer and can be performed to great success as well. The treatment will involve the use of fertility drugs to encourage ovulation, and any surplus eggs produced by the procedure can be stored for future cycles. IVF is performed using the blastocyst transfer technique, wherein an embryo is left for up to five days until it has reached the blastocyst stage of development before transfer into the womb. This improves the chances of a successful implantation and has been proven to be a very effective method of embryo transfer. IVF and ICSI are both offered with donor eggs, sperm, and embryos, a facility which some couples may make use of where they don't want to pass on a genetic illness for instance. The centre actively recruits donors for these treatments to ensure that a ready supply of sperm, embryos, and eggs are available for patients in need of them. Donor materials are also used, where consent is given, for research into improving assisted reproduction methods. The unit also provides a full surrogacy service, an extremely useful facility for same sex couples or couples where the female womb is unsuitable for pregnancy. In the latter case, surrogacy is an amazing option as it makes the pregnancy and delivery of a couple's child possible where it otherwise wouldn't be. The clinic will support you throughout a surrogacy arrangement, keeping the proceedings clear and straightforward for both parties involved.

Fertility treatment at this clinic: Ninewells Hospital is an NHS teaching facility in Dundee that runs an ACU assisted conception unit on its ward 35 for patients seeking fertility treatments as either self-funded or NHS patients. Assisted conception treatments have been the focus of the ACU since its development in the earlier half of the 1980s, over time the unit grew to become one of the largest in Scotland, which heralded its move into its current location on ward 35 of Ninewells Hospital in 1994. The ACU is staffed by an experienced team of professionals from different backgrounds, including scientists, nurses, consultants, and counsellors, all of whom work together to meet your medical and psychological needs. The ward is actually undergoing extensive refurbishment and an extension which will house purpose specific labs, procedure rooms and theatres, and offices, improving the service as a whole and making it more accessible and efficient than ever before. Some of the work should be completed by November of 2011, while the rest should be done by February of 2012, leaving the ACU fully functional and better than ever before. The centre bears a license from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority HFEA, an independent monitoring and regulating government body whose role it is to ensure quality of care in fertility clinics and units across the country. The unit has also achieved ISO certification which was recently upgraded for its quality management. The unit's services are accessible through referrals from GPs and specialists, and as an NHS facility comes under the remit of a local PCT which determines funding and the number of treatment cycles you can undergo. Treatments are provided on the basis of investigations performed prior to your consultation at the unit or afterwards, and depending on your family history and the test findings, a professional and experienced consultant will be able to give you excellent advice on which treatments would suit you best. Your input is of course considered, and the fact that any decisions made in this field are difficult is respected. Counsellors are available to give you the emotional and mental support you need to make an informed and considered choice, and you can expect that regardless of which treatment route you choose, you will be in capable and committed hands.

Services offered at this clinic: In vitro fertilisation (IVF), intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), recruitment of donors (embryo, sperm, eggs), IVF and ICSI with donor materials (embryos, eggs, sperm), storage facilities for oncology patients and others (eggs, sperm, and embryos), blastocyst transfer, stimulated and unstimulated intrauterine and donor insemination, induction of ovulation, sperm assessment, open evenings, translator services, ovulation monitoring, counsellor services, surgical sperm retrieval (MESA, TESA, and PESA), full surrogacy, patients with HIV treated, patients with viral disease treated, patients with Hepatitis B treated