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In vitro fertilisation in a small unit in the NHS

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1988; 296 doi: (Published 12 March 1988) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1988;296:759
  1. Peter Bromwich,
  2. Andrew Walker,
  3. Stephen Kennedy,
  4. Mary Wiley,
  5. David Little,
  6. Caroline Ross,
  7. Ian Sargent,
  8. Joan Bellinger,
  9. Helen O'Reilly,
  10. Andres Lopez-Bernal,
  11. Amy L Brice,
  12. David Barlow


    In vitro fertilisation is one of the most effective new treatments for infertility, but financial restrictions have made it impossible for it to be widely carried out in the National Health Service. We report on the establishment of a small, largely self funded, unit that was set up with the help of the local health service management. All cycles are programmed so that most work is carried out during the working week; oocyte recoveries are performed as outpatient procedures without general anaesthesia and guided by ultrasound. Roughly a tenth of treatment cycles and roughly a fifth of embryo transfers resulted in a clinical pregnancy.

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