Staff News

This issue includes a couple of goodbyes, a key-note welcome and a cancer and infertility presentation, new qualifications and a wedding belle.

Fond Farewells

'Farewell' Helen
'Farewell' Helen

After more than 10 years at MFS, fertility nurse specialist Helen Neads bid a fond farewell to the unit in July as she moved on to new challenges in general practice nursing. And Taslema Rob leaves the weekend office team to start her University studies in ophthalmology. Best of luck to them both.

Medical Director is Key-Note Speaker

MFS’s medical director, Dr Gillian Lockwood, was the key-note speaker at the Reproductive Medicine 2010 conference in London, opening the two day event with her address ‘Is there a fertility crisis?’. The following day she also presented ‘Practical and ethical considerations in multiple birth strategies’ to an audience of specialists in fertility, clinical embryology and reproductive medicine.

Dr Gillian Lockwood
Dr Gillian Lockwood

Dr Karolina Speaks on Egg Freezing

Dr Karolina (c) and the MFS fertility preservation team
Dr Karolina (c) and the MFS fertility preservation team

Dr Karolina Palinska-Rudzka will be speaking on infertility issues at a study week for haematology nurses at at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on 1 October 2010. Dr Karolina will use her experience as the clinical research fellow on the egg freezing team at MFS to advise nurses on general fertility issues for young adult cancer patients and specifically on the fertility preservation potential of egg freezing.

She explains: “MFS’s service for young female cancer patients is not limited to egg freezing immediately before chemo- or radio-therapies, but can also include the measurement of a young woman’s ovarian reserve in the months and years following her cancer therapy to assess the impact of the treatment on her fertility.”

Honours and Success

Lauren Goalby BA (Hons)
Lauren Goalby BA (Hons)
Lottie Rea-Gardner BND
Lottie Rea-Gardner BND

Congratulations to receptionist Lauren Goalby who graduates with a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies with Practitioner Status at a ceremony on 20 September at University College, Birmingham. Also to Lottie Rea-Gardner, of the weekend office team, who achieved a BND in Sports and Exercise Sciences and is now undertaking a NVQ Level 3 in personal training and fitness.

Introducing Mrs Parker

Mr & Mrs Parker (c)
Mr & Mrs Parker, (c) outroslide.co.uk
Receptionist Gemma Griffiths became Mrs Parker on 14 August when she married Shaun Parker at Lichfield Registry Office. Wearing an ivory silk strapless gown and carrying gold roses and freesias, Gemma was attended by their son Cody (2) as pageboy, their daughter Jessie (10 months), as flower girl, and three other bridesmaids.