Our people make the difference

At Guys and St Thomas’ Assisted Conception Unit, our team of medical, nursing, scientific, laboratory and administration staff make all of the difference. It is their combined expertise and passion which helps us to deliver the highest standards of care.

We believe in placing patients at the heart of everything we do. That means you will always be treated as an individual with dignity, respect and care.

To help guide you along the way, our team provides a range of support services including informal Information Evenings and assistance with funding and the cost of IVF.

Our multi-disciplinary team will be involved in your care, with each member having recognised credentials and experience in their field. You can rest assured you will receive the highest standard of care and attention. Please find out more below.

Consultants

At the Assisted Conception Unit we have a dedicated team of specialists, who all pride themselves on their expertise, approachability and friendliness. They are passionate about providing you with a high quality service throughout your treatment.

Our highly experienced team of reproductive specialist doctors is led by Mr Yacoub Khalaf, Medical Director & HFEA Person Responsible.

Mr Yacoub Khalaf MB BCh, MSc, MD, FRCOG, MFFP Director of the Assisted Conception Unit and HFEA Person Responsible

Mrs Jan Grace BSc MBBS MRCOG, Consultant Gynaecologist

Mr Tarek El-Toukhy MBBCh MSc MD MRCOG, Consultant Gynaecologist and sub-specialist in reproductive medicine and surgery

Embryologists

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Our dedicated team of embryologists brings years of knowledge and experience to our laboratories.  This hand-picked team of  is managed by Dr Virginia Bolton, Consultant Clinical Embryologist.   Dr Bolton is a highly respected scientist within the field of IVF and fertility with over 30 years’ experience in treatment, research and in the development of techniques.

Our team of dedicated and highly skilled scientists will look after and care for your eggs, embryos and sperm in our modern and state-of-the-art laboratories.  They will perform all the procedures from checking the quality of the eggs and sperm, to fertilisation. They will use the appropriate techniques, to freezing and storage of material, where appropriate, for future use.  Our scientists are also trained to conduct biopsy embryos for preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) cycles.

Dr Virginia Bolton MA PhD, consultant embryologist

Geneticists

The Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) team is made up of scientific specialists, who are all dedicated to giving a comprehensive and caring service of the highest stnadards. The team of scientists in the laboratory perform the important chromosome or genetic testing for PGD.

PGD is a specialised treatment for couples who carry an inherited genetic defect that could cause serious health risks for their children, such as cystic fibrosis, sickle cell disease or Huntington’s disease.

Our scientists closely with patients, so you are likely to meet them during a treatment cycle before embryo transfer.

Nurses

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Our dedicated, specialist fertility nurses will work with you to plan and manage treatment.  Following your consultation, the main point of contact will be with our nurses, who will schedule your treatment cycle, order your medication and teach you how to administer these.  Our highly trained nurses will also scan you during the treatment cycle and monitor your response to the medication.  They will closely with the clinical team and support you throughout to ensure that your experience remains as positive and stress free as possible.

The nursing team is led by matron Alice Denga.  Ms Denga brings in a wealth of experience from diverse career, to the department.  As well as specialist knowledge and expertise of assisted reproduction, Ms Denga has a special interest in patient experience and care.

Alice Denga , matron

Counsellors

We realise that the difficulties associated with trying to conceive can be stressful. That’s why we believe counselling is an integral part of treatment and therefore encourage all couples at any stage of treatment to see a counsellor.

Counselling gives support from a trained professional who understands what is involved in your treatment and offers you the time to talk over your options or concerns. Most people find that having someone to discuss this with makes all the difference between feeling stressed and worried, to feeling more able to cope.

Many couples experience sexual difficulties from time to time. Some couples find the pressure of not becoming pregnant each month or the ‘invasion’ caused by infertility investigations and treatment creates temporary sexual problems. One of our counsellors specialises in psychosexual counselling and several of our doctors have also been trained in this area. It is a common aspect of what they do, so please do not feel embarrassed about asking for help.

Ms Susan Moore, fertility counsellor

Ms Caroline Darcy, fertility counsellor

Ms Josephine McCoy, fertility counsellor

Customer services team

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Our highly dedicated customer services team are there to ensure that you have a smooth journey through our department.   From processing your referral and booking appointments, through to dealing with your enquiries and ensuring your notes are available to the clinical team, our team will ensure that you receive the highest levels of care and support.

This team includes senior coordinators to manage specific tasks, such as applying for funding or invoicing for treatment.