How did you begin your career in IVF?
After training in Italy, London and Manchester I was appointed as a consultant in the IVF Unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, where I was responsible for all aspects of reproductive medicine and surgery as part of a team of IVF specialists. I worked there full time until 2011 when I left to set up the practice which became RHG.
What are your main day to day responsibilities at RHG?
As Clinical Director of our clinic in Daresbury I have overall responsibility for our patients fertility journeys – from their initial consultation and diagnosis, deciding on the most appropriate course of treatment, devising their IVF treatment protocols in conjunction with my colleagues in our embryology and nursing teams, seeing the patients in my clinic and performing egg collections and embryo transfers. As an experienced reproductive surgeon I also carry out surgical procedures during my theatre sessions, including laparoscopic and hysteroscopic surgery, which can be done as day cases in our on-site theatre here at the Centre for Reproductive Health.
What aspect of your role is the most rewarding?
The feedback that we regularly get from our patients is the most rewarding aspect by far. When we receive cards and letters with comments such as ‘I can finally say I’m a mum, it’s the best feeling in the world’, ‘Thank you for helping us achieve our dream’, these comments are not just aimed at me but at our whole team who have worked together to help our patients get to this point. Being a part of that team is very rewarding.
What has been your proudest moment at RHG?
The opening of the Centre for Reproductive Health, as the first integrated fertility hospital in the UK, was a very proud time for all of us here at RHG. The birth nine months later of our first baby born after IVF treatment ‘all under one roof’ at the Centre was also a very special moment.