Welcome to Bourn Hall’s Wickford clinic – the newest addition to our family

Bourn Hall Wickford is one of the UK’s most advanced patient-centric fertility centres. The brand-new state-of-the-art clinic was designed with the benefit of Bourn Hall’s experience of nearly 40 years in fertility care.

The Wickford clinic offers a calm and welcoming environment with services for fertility diagnosis and treatment along with facilities for complementary therapists, counselling and patient support. Innovative clinical solutions, backed up by the latest research, complements the clinic’s emphasis on fertility health and wellbeing.

This holistic approach aims to ensure that the emotional and physical needs of the patient are at the core of everything, this, coupled with the personalised treatment, aims to maximise success rates.

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Grace Phiri, Fertility Nurse Specialist at Bourn Hall Wickford

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“We want this to be a place where people feel that they can come at any stage of their fertility journey, whether they have only just started trying for a family, want advice on boosting their natural fertility or have been trying for some time and are concerned that they may have a fertility issue.”

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Grace Phiri, Fertility Nurse Specialist at Bourn Hall Wickford

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“We want this to be a place where people feel that they can come at any stage of their fertility journey, whether they have only just started trying for a family, want advice on boosting their natural fertility or have been trying for some time and are concerned that they may have a fertility issue.”

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Dr Arpita Ray, Regional Lead Clinician

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“If you haven’t become pregnant in a year or two of trying then there is an issue of some type and we can speed up the process of finding the answers you need. Many of the common causes of infertility are easily treated without the need for IVF by introducing weight loss programmes, ovulation induction medication or lifestyle changes.”

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Fertility testing in Essex

If you have been trying to get pregnant for over a year then do get good advice. There are many ways in which people can improve their fertility chances and only a few require IVF. The challenge however is knowing early enough is there may be an underlying reason for not getting pregnant – and couples can often delay seeking help out of embarrassment.

Getting fertility tested through the NHS at a local hospital can sometimes mean being put on a long waiting list and multiple visits for different tests over a period of months.

Bourn Hall Wickford offers a free initial consultation with a Fertility Nurse Specialist and then we can recommend which tests might be needed such as semen analysis and ovulation assessment. If a complete fertility check is needed all of the tests can be completed within just six weeks and the results discussed with a consultant.

To book a free consultation click here.

Fertility testing in Essex

If you have been trying to get pregnant for over a year then do get good advice. There are many ways in which people can improve their fertility chances and only a few require IVF. The challenge however is knowing early enough if there may be an underlying reason for not getting pregnant – and couples can often delay seeking help out of embarrassment.

Getting fertility tested through the NHS at a local hospital can sometimes mean being put on a long waiting list and multiple visits for different tests over a period of months.

Bourn Hall Wickford offers a free initial consultation with a Fertility Nurse Specialist and then we can recommend which tests might be needed such as semen analysis and ovulation assessment. If a complete fertility check is needed all of the tests can be completed within just six weeks and the results discussed with a consultant.

To book a free consultation click here.

Dr Arpita Ray, Regional Lead Clinician

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“If you haven’t become pregnant in a year or two of trying then there is an issue of some type and we can speed up the process of finding the answers you need. Many of the common causes of infertility are easily treated without the need for IVF by introducing weight loss programmes, ovulation induction medication or lifestyle changes.”

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NHS IVF in Essex

Bourn Hall has excellent IVF success rates and holds the contract to provide NHS-funded IVF treatment across the East of England. So if you are eligible for NHS-funded treatment and live in an area that still provides funding you can ask to be referred to the Wickford Clinic.

If you are self-funding there is no need for a GP referral, there is no waiting list and treatment can take about six weeks.

Wickford is very easy to reach by train or car and you can book an appointment directly with us here.

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Specialist expertise

Some people suspect they might have a problem conceiving – a childhood illness or painful periods may impact fertility.  If you have concerns then do come and have a chat with a fertility nurse specialist.

PCOS

We have particular expertise in improving the fertility chances of women with conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that affects 5–10% of women and is a common cause of infertility. PCOS in some women makes it difficult to lose weight and this can restrict access to NHS fertility treatment. We encourage women and couples to gain a proper diagnosis and if needed we can support weight loss as this can increase natural fertility for PCOS patients and improve long-term health prospects.

Read more about PCOS here.

Specialist expertise

Some people suspect they might have a problem conceiving – a childhood illness or painful periods may impact fertility.  If you have concerns then do come and have a chat with a fertility nurse specialist.

PCOS

We have particular expertise in improving the fertility chances of women with conditions such as polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a condition that affects 5–10% of women and is a common cause of infertility. PCOS in some women makes it difficult to lose weight and this can restrict access to NHS fertility treatment. We encourage women and couples to gain a proper diagnosis and if needed we can support weight loss as this can increase natural fertility for PCOS patients and improve long-term health prospects.

Read more about PCOS here.

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Fertility preservation

The Wickford clinic also has a dedicated sperm and egg bank for patients needing donor treatment and provides a sperm, egg and embryo freezing service for patients wishing to freeze their own gametes.

Sperm and egg freezing is also being used by an increasing number of transgender patients prior to transition as well as people needing to freeze in advance of medical treatment such as chemotherapy. Egg freezing for social reasons is also available for women who want to optimise their future fertility chances by freezing their eggs before the quality and quantity declines.

Read more about Bourn Hall’s fertility preservation options here.

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Wickford Patient Services

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Wickford Patient Services

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Same-sex couples

Bourn Hall’s sperm bank is a far safer option for anyone needing donor sperm than trying to find a donor online. For example, we have seen an increase in the number of female same-sex couples at our clinics in recent years. All our donors are asked about their medical and family history and we perform a medical examination and rigorous screening.

The recipient of the sperm donation is most commonly treated using IUI (Intrauterine Insemination), which involves placing the prepared sperm in to the uterus at the time of ovulation.

Same-sex couples

Bourn Hall’s sperm bank is a far safer option for female same-sex couples than trying to find a donor online, and we have seen an increase in the number of female same-sex couples at our clinics in recent years. All our donors are asked about their medical and family history and we perform a medical examination and blood tests. All sperm samples are rigorously screened and then frozen and quarantined for six months, after which the donor is invited back to repeat the tests. The recipient of the sperm donation is most commonly treated using IUI (Intrauterine Insemination), which involves placing the prepared sperm in to the uterus at the time of ovulation.

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Wickford fertility nurses

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Alison Williamson, The Plumb Blossom Clinic

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“Enhancing your fertility requires a multi-faceted approach and body-mind therapies are here for anyone who wants to improve their physical, psychological or emotional health, or to improve their general vitality so they can cultivate their baby while they are in the best possible health.”

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Complementary therapies

Bourn Hall is increasingly aware that improving nutrition, fitness and reducing stress can help patients improve their fertility and cope with the emotional roller coaster of treatment. Therefore, Bourn Hall Wickford is unique in that it has three independent complementary therapists practicing in the fertility centre:

– Carole Connor of Southend Reflexology offers fertility reflexology

– Alison Willamson of Plumb Blossom Clinic provides acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapy and physical therapy

– Angela Attwood of Love Nutrition offers nutritional advice

The complementary therapists work alongside the Bourn Hall clinicians with the aim of proving a holistic approach at every stage of people’s fertility journey.

Complementary therapies

Bourn Hall is increasingly aware that improving nutrition, fitness and reducing stress can help patients improve their fertility and cope with the emotional roller coaster of treatment. Therefore, Bourn Hall Wickford is unique in that it has three independent complementary therapists practicing in the fertility centre:

– Carole Connor of Southend Reflexology offers fertility reflexology

– Alison Willamson of Plumb Blossom Clinic provides acupuncture, CranioSacral Therapy and physical therapy

– Angela Attwood of Love Nutrition offers nutritional advice

The complementary therapists work alongside the Bourn Hall clinicians with the aim of proving a holistic approach at every stage of people’s fertility journey.

Alison Williamson, The Plumb Blossom Clinic

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“Enhancing your fertility requires a multi-faceted approach and body-mind therapies are here for anyone who wants to improve their physical, psychological or emotional health, or to improve their general vitality so they can cultivate their baby while they are in the best possible health.”

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Visit us

Bourn Hall’s Wickford clinic is easily accessible by road, with a private car park at the back of the clinic. The clinic is also easy to get to on public transport, with a bus stop right outside and a railway station a short walk away, with journey times from London in just 38 minutes.

For more information visit the Wickford clinic page here.

Some comments from our Facebook page:

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“I can’t speak highly enough about Bourn Hall Wickford! We had such an amazing journey and I’m so glad that we chose them. We felt like we had a really personal experience. Thank you so much for such a positive experience. Penelope is now 5 months old and we are the happiest we’ve ever been.”

– Carly

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“Thank you to everyone at your Wickford (especially Angela and Grace!) and Colchester clinics for making our dream of becoming a family come true! Alfie is just perfect 💙”

– Amanda

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“Feeling so thankful to Bourn Hall Wickford & Colchester, our boy is 2 today! You made our dreams come true xx”

– Deborah

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“Thank you so much to Angela and all the staff at Bourn Hall Wickford who have helped us to have the most precious gift ever – Megan Rose ”

– Laura-Beth

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“I can’t speak highly enough about Bourn Hall Wickford! We had such an amazing journey and I’m so glad that we chose them. Thank you so much for such a positive experience. Penelope is now 5 months old and we are the happiest we’ve ever been.”

– Carly

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“Thank you to everyone at your Wickford (especially Angela and Grace!) and Colchester clinics for making our dream of becoming a family come true! Alfie is just perfect 💙”

– Amanda

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“Feeling so thankful to Bourn Hall Wickford & Colchester, our boy is 2 today! You made our dreams come true xx”

– Deborah

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“Thank you so much to Angela and all the staff at Bourn Hall Wickford who have helped us to have the most precious gift ever – Megan Rose ”

– Laura-Beth

More information

To find out more about events and open days click here.

See special offers at Wickford here.

Information about getting to our Wickford Clinic is available here.

See what happened at the launch event here.

More information about common causes of female infertility is available here.

More information about male infertility can be viewed here.

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