Staff News

Three MFS mummies are back (dahn, dahn, dahhh!), it’s cheerio to a very popular face at MFS, the Nuffield needs the MFS medical ethicist, a  BMS extends her role, MFS has new grandparents and two of the finance team are thinking ‘figures’  . . that’ll be carats and body-building!

The Mummies Return

Donna Price RN DipHE
Donna Price RN DipHE
Bethan Elton RM BSc (Hons)
Bethan Elton RM BSc (Hons)
Gemma Griffiths
Gemma Griffiths

Welcome back to fertility nurse specialist Donna Price who has retunred to work following the birth of her second son Owen.  Also to clinical midwife Bethan Elton and receptionist and NHS contracts assistant Gemma Griffiths who return to the unit in March and April, following the births of Bethan’s twins Toby Alexander and Barney James and Gemma’s Jessie Angel.

Farewell Dr Abey

Dr Abey Eapen DRCOG MBBS BSc
Dr Abey Eapen DRCOG MBBS BSc

Dr Abey Eapen has left his usual MFS role to pursue a new challenge at another hospital, although he continues to provide some on-call weekend cover and to complete the IBSA trial administration at MFS.  We wish him the very best for his future career development.

Nuffield Role for Dr Lockwood

MFS medical director Dr Gillian Lockwood recently donned her medical ethicist’s cap when asked to join a Working Party of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.’Give and Take: Human Bodies in Medicine and Research’ will consider the ethical issues that arise in the provision of all sorts of human bodily material, from organs, gametes, corneas, blood etc, with a particular focus on the role of the person providing the ‘material’. “I was particularly keen to join this committee as I feel it is important that the views of both the the donors and recipients involved with gamete donation are properly represented,” said Gillian. “We are all aware of the extent to which changes in legislation such as the ending of donor anonymity, can have a significant impact on the chances of becoming  parents of people who need this precious resource as part of their fertility treatment. 

“The ethical issues are very complex as we try to balance the rights of  donor-conceived individuals to know their genetic origins with the duties of parents to decide what to tell their children and when.

“We know that the vast majority of people would accept a donated organ, but only a minority are actually registered as organ donors.  We are hoping to look at ways in which people can be encouraged to become donors and help to save the many lives each year which are lost because not enough organs are available.”

Dr Gillian Lockwood of MFS
Dr Gillian Lockwood of MFS

New Honours for Embryologists

Su Barlow CS M.Med.Sci BSc (Hons) DipRCPath
Su Barlow CS M.Med.Sci BSc (Hons) DipRCPath
Dr Pradnya Joshi CS
Dr Pradnya Joshi CS PhD MSc DipRCPath

Laboratory director Su Barlow and clinical embryologist Pradnya Joshi have been accepted as Diplomates of the Royal College of Pathologists, adding DipRCPath to their long lists of honours and qualifications.

Two roles in the laboratories

Bio-medical scientist Jo Milner has taken on an additional role as a laboratory assistant in the MFS embryology and sperm labs. As well as testing routine blood samples at MFS two days a week, she has taken on laboratory assistant responsibilities three days a week, including maintaining the cryobanks where the thousands of eggs, embryos and sperm are stored, cleaning and maintaining laboratory equipment and monitoring stock levels of materials and supplies.

Jo Milner MIBMS BSc (Hons)
Jo Milner MIBMS BSc (Hons)

Rules of Taxation and Rules of Engagement

Becky Cooves
Becky Cooves

Patient liaison finance officer Becky Cooves has two very different reasons to celebrate.  After passing her personal taxation exam, part of her Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification, in December (only three more exams to go!), she took a trip to the Maldives with boyfriend Jamie in January and returned with a gorgeous square-cut, diamond solitaire on her left hand and a head-full of plans for a new home and a wedding!

Beautiful Skye

Heidi, the MFS director of nursing services and Carl, the facilities manager, are both enjoying new roles – as Grandma and Grandad Birch – since the arrival of their first grandchild Skye Susan in January.  Congratulations to them and also to Skye’s parents Leanne and Chris.

Grandad and Grandma Birch with a beautiful Skye
Grandad and Grandma Birch with a beautiful Skye

Gail Aims for ‘Trained Figure’ Success

Gail Bellingham FCCA MAAT and body-builder
Gail Bellingham FCCA MAAT and body-builder

Finance manager Gail Bellingham seeks to improve the figures of MFS by day, and to improve her own figure out of office hours!  Not content with ‘a bit of exercise’, or ‘keeping fit’, Gail is currently training towards success in the National Amateur Body Builders’ Association regional competition in May, in the ‘trained figure’ class.  Go figure . . .