Professor Lord Winston is Europe's leading fertility expert. He has been consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at London's Hammersmith Hospital since 1978 and Professor of Fertility Studies at the University of London since 1987.
As the foremost authority on fertility studies he regularly speaks in the House of Lords on education, science and the arts and has presented award winning television science programmes.
Luke March, Chairman of Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust said: " Professor Lord Winston is a leading and very influential figure in the area of fertility and we are delighted and honoured that he will officially open our new centre."
Shaun Fountain, consultant clinical lead for the Salisbury Fertility Centre said "This new NHS development means that patients with fertility problems can now benefit from more privacy and improved facilities in their own dedicated area when they come in for outpatient consultations or treatment. It also ensures that our staff continue to provide the best possible treatment from first class modern facilities. Overall it will enhance the reputation of the service that we already provide."
Earlier in the year, fertility services at Salisbury District Hospital were rated highly in a review of all clinics in the UK carried out by fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).
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, as is an assurance that this is carried out in a professional manner with patient confidentiality and privacy a high priority. A high rating followed by the opening of this new building 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
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