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Chair of Human Fertility and Embryology Authority (HFEA) opens new treatment suite in Saint Mary’s Reproductive Medicine Department

The Chair of HFEA, Sally Cheshire officially opened the new treatment suite at Old Saint Mary's, Manchester, as part of a tour of the Reproductive Medicine department.

The treatment suite is part of a series of improvements the department has undergone recently, extending and improving facilities to accommodate a 60% increase in IVF treatment at the centre, and the launch of a fee paying service later in the year.

Sally Cheshire was joined by Debra Bloor, Chief Inspector at the HFEA. They took a tour of the facilities before opening the suite, followed by a visit to the research labs to meet the Scientific Director, Professor Daniel Brison.

Previously theatres, the new suite includes a blood room, nurses' station, telephone room, patient waiting room, two new scan rooms and new toilets.

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Greg Horne, Director of Laboratory Services at Saint Mary's and person responsible to HFEA for the unit said:

"We're delighted that Sally took the time out of her busy schedule to open our unit. It was a pleasure to show her round the newly improved facilities, and to discuss with her the departments exciting plans for the future, including the launch of a fee paying service for the first time here at Saint Mary's."

Sally Cheshire, Chair of the HFEA said:

"At the HFEA we want everyone affected by assisted reproduction to get the best possible care, and the opening of these new facilities at Saint Mary's supports the significant improvements the centre has made in recent years in treating and caring for its patients.

"It was a pleasure meeting Saint Mary's staff, touring the new centre, and hearing about the unit's plans to offer an improved and expanded service to patients and families across Manchester and the North West region."

Pictured: Debra Bloor, Sally Cheshire, HFEA, Professor Daniel Brison, Yasmin Sajjad, Greg Horne, Saint Mary's Reproductive Medicine