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Best IVF Clinic London?

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MrsDay14 Sat 28-Jan-17 23:49:36

We're currently trying to choose the right clinic for us. I'm 30 with PCO, ttc 4 years no success so referred straight to IVF by NHS.

Any recommendations or places to avoid?

Our options are:

Create Fertility
The Bridge Centre
Guy's Hospital ACU

Any advice will be great, thanks xxx

AHedgehogCanNeverBeBuggered Sun 29-Jan-17 10:36:03

Guys and St Thomas without a doubt.

horiz0n Tue 31-Jan-17 16:51:42


why would you avoid Guys? will hopefully be starting with them soon. Just found out we have to go down the IVF route...never even considered it.

Annalongcross Thu 02-Feb-17 15:04:53

Don't go to Guy's! They are a very arrogant 'one treatment protocol fits all' kind of place. No individual treatment, tend to try and cut corners. Explains their worrying success rates compared to other NHS clinics. Better to go somewhere they actually carefully monitor you and you are an individual. Sad that some people don't have the choice of where to go, Guy's relies on its steady stream of local NHS patients and uses NHS funding very badly.

DirtyDancing Thu 02-Feb-17 22:30:51

I had a good experience with Guys. They were very clear in their approach. Diagnosed my PCOS for the first time; located and removed (quickly) a polyp on my uterus; and gave me clomid which I successfully conceived on and now have my darling 3 year old son. They tested my husband as well and did everything very quickly and efficiently

ImNotChangingMyUsernameAgain Thu 02-Feb-17 22:35:19

I had an excellent experience at Guys although I was a private patient so I expect the treatment was a little more personal than on the NHS.

State of the art facilities that opened during my treatment.

I have twin DC.

Annalongcross Fri 03-Feb-17 11:05:24

I think you absolutely right about the difference between Guy's NHS and Private, from what I understand there is a very big difference in the amount of time and effort between the two approaches. Their guaranteed NHS stream of patients just aren't seen as a priority for them, as they know they'll get the funding anyway. Barely any monitoring scans and no blood tests whatsoever.
DirtyDancing I think your experience doesn't really help here as you were not going though IVF, it's a very very different thing. I recognise you went through a very tough time too but it's a bit insensitive to compare a course of Chlomid to IVF.

Annalongcross Fri 03-Feb-17 11:07:22


bibiLondon2017 Wed 17-May-17 15:18:54

Hello MrsDay14, I am new to the forum and just came across this post as we are also considering ACU at Guy's for IVF. I was just wondering which clinic you chose in the end, and if it was guys how your experience was? Thanks so much.

laurelstar Fri 26-May-17 09:06:13

We've had excellent care at the Bridge with the One By One team.

sparechange Fri 26-May-17 10:33:29

I had a few rounds at Create and had an overall positive experience.

The downside with them is the admin/finance team, but if you are NHS funded, you won't have to deal with those horrors!

They frequently run late, so expect to be waiting past your allotted appointment slot, but the plus side of that is that they don't rush appointments and will answer any questions you have

You'll also been seen by a doctor for every appointment, where they will scan you and adjust your meds if required.
I also had rounds at Lister and C&W where I didn't see a doctor for the entire cycle, and I hated it. It felt really impersonal and part of a production line, so I wouldn't want to go to a nurse/sonographer-led clinic, even if they tell you that a doctor is reviewing your notes at the end of each day

Good luck flowers

Isthismummy Sat 27-May-17 18:19:46

Another one adding to the negativity regarding Guys.

I had my NHS cycle cancelled there in March due to sky high FSH and being told I have POF. They hadn't done a single blood test in the preceding five months running up to our treatment.

Nothing is explained properly. The day we went in for injection training the nurse ran through it in about five minutes. Then when I expressed a fear of injecting myself was told I would "just have to get on with it"

In my follow up consultation I expressed how hard it was coming to terms with needing DE. The consultants reply was that he could think of a million things worse than needing DEshock Then I was told he wasn't a counsellor and not there to discuss such things. This was the head of the unit I should add!

I've been offered an NHS ED cycle with them now, and I'm m still not sure even though I have a friend offering to be my donor. That's how little faith I have. I feel I'd be better off going abroad and paying!

bibiLondon2017 Sat 27-May-17 23:22:56

Is it just me or is there a big discrepancy in treatment between NHS funded and self-funded ivf patients? It's appalling really. The positive reviews I read are mostly from privately funded patients...We will need to go down the self-funded route due to the delightful NHS eligibility criteria. Have started the paper work with Guys ACU, will report how we get on.

Nicky2468 Sun 28-May-17 00:09:13

I know it's not on your list but the Lister was fantastic.

sparechange Sun 28-May-17 07:27:25

Where as I absolutely hated everything about my treatment at the Lister and would tell others to avoid it like the plague..!
nicky did you see or speak to a doctor for any time during your treatment other than the initial consultation, and egg collection/transfer?

Nicky2468 Sun 28-May-17 08:59:04

I was treated at the Spire Clinic in Slough which is one of the Listers satellite clinics. So no I only had my initial consultation and egg collection and transfer there.

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