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Regional Fertility Centre, Belfast

Regional Fertility Centre, Belfast

Royal Maternity Hospital, Grosvenor Road, Belfast, BT12 6BB, UK
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Phone: 02890 635 888
Fax: 028 9063 4435/ 028 9063 5910
rfc.enquiries@belfasttrust.hscni.net

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Opening hours:

  • Monday to Thursday 07.30 - 17.00 Friday 07.30 - 15.00 Sunday 09.00 - 12.30

Overview

  • Female doctor available

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HFEA inspection

Licensed since:
July 1992
Licensed renewed:
March 2013

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Overview of services offered:

  • Donors:
    • ICSI with donor sperm
    • IVF with donor sperm
    • IVF with donor eggs
    • ICSI with donor eggs
    • ICSI with donor embryos
    • IVF with donor embryos
  • Recruiting Donors:
    • Recruits donors for research projects
    • Recruits donors for treatment of others
    • Recruits egg donors
    • Recruits embryo donors
    • Recruits sperm donors
  • Storage:
    • Stores eggs
    • Stores embryos
    • Stores sperm
    • Storage of embryos for oncology patients
    • Storage of sperm for oncology patients

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Treatments for:

  • Treats NHS patients
  • Treats private patients

Waiting lists

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Treatment NHS Private
IVF12 months from date on waiting list

Success rates

Overview of activities in July 2011 - end June 2012:

Total number of patients treated in July 2011 - end June 2012: 1084

Cycles carried out in July 2011 - end June 2012:

  • In Vitro Fertilisation cycles (IVF): 637
  • Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection cycles (ICSI): 561
  • Donor Insemination cycles: 1
  • Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis cycles (PGD): 0

Why are we showing live births data from July 2011 - end June 2012?

The data we provide goes through a verification process with clinics. We also must wait up to a year after treatment for a patient to report the birth of their child to their clinic.

More on how we collect and publish data

Multiple and single births for IVF/ICSI

Multiple pregnancy and birth is the single biggest risk to the health and wellbeing of children born to IVF.

  • About 1 in 80 naturally conceived births in the UK are multiple births
  • About 1 in 5 of all IVF births are multiple births

From January 2009 the HFEA introduced targets for clinics for the percentage of their total births which should be single babies. From April 2010 to March 2011 the target was 80% (i.e. a maximum of 20% multiple births). This is part of a clinician-led national strategy to try and minimise the risks associated with multiple births from fertility treatment.

More information about multiple births and IVF

Proportion of single live births for this clinic (July 2011 - end June 2012 data) 71.8%
HFEA target for single births (April 2010 to March 2011) 80%
HFEA target for single births (April 2011 to September 2012) 85%
One at a time: Better outcomes from family treatment

The single biggest risk of fertility treatment is multiple pregnancy.

One at a time is a professionally-led site aimed at reducing the risks of multiple pregancies from fertility treatment

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The information that we publish on our website is a snap shot of data provided to us by licensed centres at a particular time. This information may be subject to change as individual centres notify us of amendments. Before publication, we perform a preliminary validation process on the data, and ask centres to confirm its accuracy, for which they remain responsible.

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ICSI

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) involves injecting a single sperm directly into an egg in order to fertilise it. The fertilised egg (embryo) is then transferred to the woman’s womb.

Insemination

The best quality sperm are selected then inserted into the womb at the woman’s most fertile time. This can be with partner (IUI) or donor sperm (DI).

IVF

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) literally means ‘fertilisation in glass’ giving us the familiar term ‘test tube baby’.

During the IVF process, eggs are removed from the ovaries and fertilised with sperm in the laboratory. The fertilised egg (embryo) is later placed in the woman’s womb.

GIFT

A procedure in which eggs are retrieved from a woman, mixed with sperm and immediately replaced in one or other of the woman's fallopian tubes so that they fertilise inside the body (in vivo).

PGD

Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a technique that enables people with a specific inherited condition in their family to avoid passing it on to their children. It involves checking the genes of embryos created through IVF for this genetic condition.

PGS

PGS (also known as aneuploidy screening) involves checking the chromosomes of embryos conceived by in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) for common abnormalities. This avoids having abnormal embryos transferred to the womb during IVF or ICSI.

Consistent with national average live birth rate

There is no statistical difference between this clinic’s success rate and the national average. Any small difference between the clinic and the national average may just be down to chance.

Above national average live birth rate

This clinic’s success rate is significantly better than the national average. We can be confident that the difference between the clinic and the national average is unlikely to have occurred by chance.

There are a range of reasons why a clinic may have a higher success rate. Clinics have different treatment policies and practices. Some clinics may treat proportionately fewer patients with difficult fertility problems than the national average, which may increase the clinic’s success rate.

Below national average live birth rate

This clinic’s success rate is significantly lower than the national average. We can be confident that the difference between the clinic and the national average is unlikely to have occurred by chance.

There are a range of reasons why a clinic may have a lower success rate. Clinics have different treatment policies and practices. Some clinics may treat more patients with difficult fertility problems than the national average, which may lower the clinic’s success rate.

HFEA targets for single births

The HFEA introduced a policy in January 2009 to minimise the proportion of multiple births following IVF and ICSI treatment. The policy promotes the birth of a single baby as the safest outcome of fertility treatment.

The HFEA has set progressively higher targets over recent years. From January 2009 to March 2010 the target for single births was 76% (ie a maximum of 24% multiple births). From April 2010 to March 2011 the target was 80%. From April 2011 to September 2012 the target was 85% and from October 2012 onwards the target is 90%.

The clinic data we present on Choose a Fertility Clinic relate to treatments which took place before the current 90% target. The target displayed is the most appropriate for comparison with the data in the tables.

Proportion of single live births

This is the proportion of single births resulting from all types of embryo transfers at this clinic (IVF, ICSI, fresh and frozen). This data has been presented in this form from May 2013.

IVF and ICSI

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) literally means ‘fertilisation in glass’ giving us the familiar term ‘test tube baby’. During the IVF process, eggs are removed from the ovaries and fertilised with sperm in the laboratory. The fertilised egg (embryo) is later placed in the woman’s womb.

Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) involves injecting a single sperm directly into an egg in order to fertilise it. The fertilised egg (embryo) is then transferred to the woman’s womb.

Intra Uterine Insemination (IUI) cycles

The HFEA only started collecting data on IUI cycles with partner sperm in July 2007. Therefore the number of IUI cycles presented here is only for the period from July –December 2007. We only collect pregnancy data on IUI cycles not live birth data.

DI

Donor insemination (DI) uses sperm from a donor to help the woman become pregnant. Sperm donors are screened for sexually transmitted diseases and some genetic disorders. In DI, sperm from the donor is placed into the neck of the womb (cervix) at the time when the woman ovulates.