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Refurbished Assisted Conception Unit Achieving Better Results Than Ever Before

Monday, October 26, 2015

The refurbished Assisted Conception Service (ACS) is achieving its highest ever success rates since moving back to Glasgow Royal Infirmary a year ago. 

The state-of-the-art facility treats patients from across the West of Scotland and beyond and is seeing a 54% positive pregnancy test rate for all fresh embryo transfers  -  the highest rate unit has ever recorded. 

The service now offers seven day access which means all patients are offered individualised treatment which meets their own clinical need. 

Patients also now benefit from the use of time-lapse technology which allows continuous assessment of their IVF embryos, whilst enabling them to remain undisturbed in optimal conditions in the incubator.  This has the advantage of allowing embryos to develop in culture for longer and thereby improves the ability to select the best embryo for transfer with the highest chance of achieving a pregnancy.  

Dr Helen Lyall, Lead Consultant, said:  “I am delighted that the unit is seeing such an increase in success rates and we hope this continues to grow. 

“One of the main benefits of the newly refurbished unit is that all functions are now located within the one area.  Prior to the refurbishment, services were spread across the Glasgow Royal Infirmary site.  

“The investment in the facility and state of the art equipment has increased capacity at this new facility and has also enabled us to treat patients within the 12 months target.” 



Notes to Editors

Dr Helen Lyall and Isabel Traynor, Senior Charge Nurse, have made a massive contribution to the National Infertility Group established by Scottish Government Ministers in 2010.   

Their input, along with that of the wider team of doctors, nurses, embryologists and administrative staff has been instrumental in achieving equity of access across Scotland for patients requiring assisted conception treatment.


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