The HFEA report focused on all clinics offering In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) and donor insemination to provide an overall picture of standards in the UK. As part of its review it inspected clinics, analysed complaints and reported incidents and scored units from 0, which is the maximum score that clinics could achieve to minus 31.
Salisbury District Hospital scored minus 1, just missing the top score achieved by only five clinics out of around 95 that provide fertility services in the UK.
Shaun Fountain, consultant clinical lead for the Salisbury Fertility Centre said: "High standards of care and treatment are important, but successful clinics also needed to demonstrate that this was carried out in a professional manner with patient confidentiality and privacy a high priority."
"Treatment and techniques had to be up-to date and systems and processes in place to ensure that equipment is safe, not only for patients but also for sperm, eggs or embryos. Due to the sensitivities around IVF treatment, good counselling is also an essential part of the service we provide at Salisbury District Hospital."
Mr Fountain added: "This score is excellent news for people who already use fertility services at Salisbury District Hospital and for anyone who is looking for treatment at a clinic that provides good quality services." Ends
Notes to editors:
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is the UK’s independent regulator overseeing safe and appropriate practice in fertility treatment and embryo research.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority licences and monitors centres carrying out IVF, donor insemination and human embryo research and provides a range of detailed information for patients, professionals and Government.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170