State-of-the-art fertility unit brings hope to couples

An artist's impression of the proposed centre
An artist's impression of the proposed centre

A STATE-of-the-art fertility unit which will help thousands of Wiganers have children will open in the spring, health trust bosses have announced.

The multi-million pound facility will be based at Wrightington Hospital meaning all the borough’s fertility services will move to the new location.

Providing both NHS and private treatment, the £1,2m unit will feature a new In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) clinic plus consulting rooms, an andrology clinic and laboratory and support facilities.

And all clinical rooms will be equipped with pioneering assisted conception equipment.

Mr Phil Harris, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and Clinical lead for the Unit said: “We are thrilled that we’ll be moving to new purpose built accommodation, where we will be able to expand our services and provide an even better experience for our patients.”

The unit, called the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Hewitt Fertility Partnership, will be run in conjunction with the Hewitt Fertility Centre, part of Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Director of the centre, Dr Christopher White, said: “At the Hewitt we are extremely proud of the level of service that we are able to provide those couples who are having difficulty getting pregnant.

“We believe that our investment in the very latest technology, including time-lapse equipment, means that we can offer people their very best chance of a successful pregnancy.

“This new partnership means that even more people across the North West and beyond will have access to world class fertility services offering success rates that are among the very best internationally.”

Health Trust across the country have been criticised in recent years with campaigners saying not enough funding is given to couples struggling to conceive.

And there have been calls to raise the age limit of couples eligible for IVF treatment.

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) Trust bosses hope their flagship development will help borough couples receive the best possible care.

A spokesman said: “The dedicated multidisciplinary team will provide excellent diagnostic and treatment services that will continue to improve clinical pregnancy rates that are currently already greater than the national averages for all treatments.”