Staff News

In the arrivals lounge

Paul Wilson, laboratory manager
Paul Wilson, laboratory manager
Claire Perkins, fertility nurse specialist
Claire Perkins, fertility nurse specialist
Stuart Kavanagh, project manager
Stuart Kavanagh, project manager
Laura Hewitt-Marsh, weekend receptionist
Laura Hewitt-Marsh, weekend receptionist

Paul joined Midland Fertility in February 2014, to manage the activities and team of the embryology and sperm laboratories.  With 20 years’ experience as a clinical embryologist at major fertility units in the Midlands and London, he brings his particular knowledge of the impact of sperm morphology (shape) on treatment outcomes, the vitrification of eggs and embryos, laboratory quality management systems, and staff development to Midland Fertility.  In addition, his role at the unit is to optimise the techniques and processes within the laboratories, to further improve livebirth rates and ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for each patient.

Claire joined the clinical team at Midland Fertility in April 2014.  After gaining her nursing diploma at Nottingham University she spent 15 years on the colorectal unit at Sandwell Hospital, seven years of which as ward sister.  She then graduated with a nursing degree from Wolverhampton University in 2010. Claire also underwent successful ICSI treatment with Midland Fertility so will be able to use her own experience to help other patients through their fertility journeys.

Stuart joined the Midland Fertility team to project manage the 2014 relocation of the clinic.  He comes from a retail management background and will be overseeing the transformation of the newly acquired building in Tamworth into a state of the art clinic.

Laura joined the reception team at Midland Fertility in March 2014 covering reception at weekends. Her role involves answering patients’ phone calls, welcoming patients and visitors to the unit and handling payments.  Laura graduated in English from the University of Birmingham in 2013.

Cleared for departure

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Fond Farewell to the ‘Baby Maker’

Patients and staff of Midland Fertility Services said a fond farewell to fertility nurse specialist Vicki Robinson, who has performed crucial stages of treatment resulting in the births of almost 1,000 babies.
She was joined on her last day by four ‘Midland Fertility Babies’– Connie Anthony-Ackery (11) from Ledbury in Herefordshire, Toby and Barney Elton (4) from Sutton Coldfield and George Bissell (1) from Stafford. All four were born as a result of IVF treatment where Vicki did either the egg collection or embryo transfer – or both! Coincidentally, their three mothers were also colleagues of Vicki’s at Midland Fertility – Jill, Beth and Lynsey, respectively!
During her 18 years at Midland Fertility, Vicki performed almost 3,000 IUIs and embryo transfers and nearly 3,000 egg collections – and almost 1,000 new lives were the result!

Return flight

Becky Cooves, finance assistant
Becky Cooves, finance assistant

Becky returned to Midland Fertility in January 2014 to cover maternity leave within the finance department.  We are delighted to welcome her back to the team!

Professional achievements

Vicky Lane-Davies, fertility nursing supervisor
Vicky Lane-Davies, fertility nurse assistant supervisor
Well done to Vicky Lane-Davies who passed her level four Clinical Healthcare Support NVQ qualification.  The hard work paid off!

The patter of tiny feet

Henry -son of Nicole
Henry - son of Nicole
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Nicole Alpers, finance manger
William - son of Ann
William - son of Anne
Anne Yarwood, fertility nurse specialist
Anne Yarwood, fertility nurse specialist

Congratulations to four members of staff  – Nicole, Carolyn, Stacey and Anne – who have all given birth since January 2014.  We are delighted to welcome their three boys Henry, Joseph and William and one girl, Jessica!

Jessica - daughter of Carolyn
Jessica - daughter of Carolyn
Carolyn Sage, office supervisor
Carolyn Sage, office supervisor
Joseph (and big sis) - son of Stacey
Joseph (and big sis) - son of Stacey
Stacey Wilkins, finance assistant
Stacey Wilkins, finance assistant

Bare-faced ‘selfie’ for Cancer Research

barefaced ladies at Midland Fertility
barefaced ladies at Midland Fertility

Some of our bravest Midland Fertility ladies went without make-up for their ‘selfie’ to raise money for cancer research – and raised £130 for a most worthy cause.

On the run…..

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We wish the staff who are running their respective ‘Races For Life’ in aid of breast cancer the best of luck!

Kerry will be running on 18 May in Walsall, and Fiona and Anna will be running at Stafford County Showground on 8 July.

Kerry Poston, finance assistant
Kerry Poston, finance assistant
Anna Kavanagh, director of qulaity and business
Anna Kavanagh, director of quality and business
Fiona Park, quality and HR manager
Fiona Park, quality and HR manager