Midland Fertility Services Experts To Inspect UK Fertility Clinics

Issue Date: 10 January 2006

Heidi Birch and Dr Gillian Lockwood of MFS
Heidi Birch and Dr Gillian Lockwood of MFS

The medical director and director of nursing services of Midland Fertility Services have been appointed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to its team of external advisors.

Dr Gillian Lockwood and Heidi Birch have been inspectors for the HFEA since 2003 and 2005, respectively. Now they have been appointed to the newly-created panel of external advisors, drawn from staff who work in fertility clinics, as their specialist experience is so highly valued.

The panel of external advisors works with the HFEA’s in-house inspectorate which has responsibility for ensuring that all UK licensed fertility clinics adhere to the standards and codes defined by the HFEA.

“It is a real privilege to be part of the inspection process for the HFEA,” said Dr Gillian Lockwood, medical director at MFS. “It is also reassuring for patients to know that clinicians, fertility nurses and scientists with ‘hands-on’ experience are checking on the level of care provided by the UK’s licensed clinics.”

Midland Fertility Services is based in Aldridge and Wolverhampton.

The HFEA is a Government body that regulates and inspects all UK clinics providing IVF, donor insemination or the storage of eggs, sperm or embryos. The HFEA also licenses and monitors all human embryo research being conducted in the UK.

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Midland Fertility Services was established in 1987 and is licensed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. In 2000 MFS became the first UK IVF clinic to use inhibin B to assess ovarian reserve and in 2002 the UK’s first ‘frozen egg’ baby was born following treatment at MFS, using the baby’s mother’s own egg and giving hope to young cancer patients worried about fertility preservation. In 2004, MFS celebrated the birth of the 3,000th baby following treatment at the clinic and in June 2005, registered its 13,000th patient. In September 2005, the UK’s first twins were born from ‘frozen egg’ fertility treatment at MFS. Based in Aldridge and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, MFS treats both private and NHS-funded patients from throughout the UK and abroad.