As two-year-old Matthew Kerr happily plays with his new toy digger at home in Rochford, Essex, his mum Gemma welcomes the news that real diggers are moving in to start work on a brand-new full service clinic just a few miles up the road.
Gemma was treated at Bourn Hall’s existing satellite clinic in Wickford, travelling to Colchester for her egg collection and embryo transfer, and says it is fantastic news that Bourn Hall Clinic will be offering the full treatment package in one place without the need for patients to travel for certain procedures.
The new clinic, which is being built in London Road, just a short walk away from the town’s main shopping area, will boast its own state-of-the-art embryology laboratory. The clinic will also have a suite of rooms offering a wide range of services such as fertility health and wellbeing checks for people who do not necessarily need to go down the full IVF route but would like to find out more about their own fertility.
“If we had been able to have all of our treatment at Wickford it would have been absolutely brilliant,” she says. “It would have been nice to have the egg collection and transfer done where we had all our other appointments and which had become so familiar to us. We had got to know the receptionist, we even sat in the same seats each time we visited!”
Gemma grew up in a large family and had always imagined that one day she would have children but when she and husband Kirk couldn’t conceive and hospital tests proved inconclusive they were referred for IVF.
“We chose Bourn Hall Clinic in Wickford because it was so local and convenient,” she says. “I work in Basildon and knew that I would need to have a lot of appointments so being so close would have the least impact on work.”
“We still cannot quite believe it”, says Gemma. “He is our absolute world. My message to others considering their options or at the start of the process is to expect a rollercoaster of a journey with ups, downs, twists and turns along the way, but with the confidence that you are in good hands at Bourn Hall.” The couple were elated when Gemma became pregnant on the first IVF attempt and son Matthew was born in 2014.
Full service fertility clinic at Wickford
The new purpose-built clinic at Wickford will have the capacity for 1000 IVF cycles a year with free on site parking and plenty of space all dedicated to fertility patients. Sarah Pallett, Bourn Hall’s regional clinic manager is very excited about developments.
“Wickford is the ideal place for us to offer the full range of fertility services as it is easily accessible to people from South Hertfordshire and North London as well as Essex, removing the need to travel into London and all the stresses that can involve. We look forward to seeing the building take shape over the coming months.”
We will be keeping you updated as the building takes shape so look out for more news as the construction gets underway!
For more information about treatment at Colchester or Wickford do contact us.