IVF at Lister or Nuffield Woking?
LondonSuperTrooper · 06/08/2014 14:44
We are in process of choosing a clinic for a private IVF cycle. I have a DS and I’m 40 years old.
Has anyone had any experiences of the Lister Clinic or Nuffield Woking (Victoria Wing)? Any feedback, good or bad will be gratefully received.
Breezyweezy · 06/08/2014 20:48
Hi, I can't recommend The Lister highly enough. I went there last year after 5 years of TTC, during which I had 3mmc, 2 years of infertility, was diagnosed with VH Nkcells and then a non existent AMH level. We were amazingly lucky and our first and only cycle was a success. 2 follicles only, 2 eggs retrieved, both fertilised and went back in, 3 lots of IVIG and I now have the most gorgeous 4 and a half month old DD. I never thought we'd get there, but The Lister did everything they could to help us achieve our dream.
moggle · 06/08/2014 21:01
We had a fantastic experience at Nuffield at the beginning of this year, absolutely zero issues throughout. I really loved the nurses there in particular, they were so kind, professional and constantly sympathetic and empathetic.
Personally I would pick the one that is easiest for you to get to. We had a relatively easy time of it during our cycle and I'm sure this was in no small part because I didn't have too much travel time between home, work and the clinic. Both clinics you have mentioned have a great reputation.
Good luck with it all xxx
purplemeggie · 07/08/2014 22:36
Hi - I'm at the Woking Nuffied, too. I've had one fresh and one frozen cycle which have not worked out, and we are about to embark on another fresh cycle. Echo what Moggle says about the nurses, they are really lovely. And also about making journeys easy for yourself....
SpaceKoala · 07/08/2014 22:46
I had a great experience in the lister clinic. Agree with a previous poster who suggested taking location into account though.
LondonSuperTrooper · 07/08/2014 23:23
Thank you so much for your replies. If I had to choose on location (I'm surrey based) then Woking Nuffield would work out best for me.
But travelling into Central London is only about 1hr away. That's not too far, is it?
LondonSuperTrooper · 07/08/2014 23:24
I think I need to look at their statics for over 40..... But I can't head or tails of their numbers!
purplemeggie · 08/08/2014 18:07
Just realised that my post sounded a bit negative because our cycles have not worked out. Should say that I'm 41 and have had really good treatment and felt very looked after.
moggle · 08/08/2014 19:05
Will it be 1 hr on the train? I would have cried if I had to go on the train or shuffle more than a few steps after my egg collection, but then I think that was a bit unusual. Also egg collection is often done early morning so take that into account, if Lister do it this way. Nuffield was about 10 min drive from work and 25 min drive from home for me (45 mins when I was driving there for 7:45am scans during the stimulation phase). 1 hr isn't that long in the scheme of things if you're in the comfort of your own car, although rush hour traffic could snarl things up a bit.
Esmum07 · 08/08/2014 19:11
We went Lister. First ICSI treatment I produced no eggs at all. I thought that was it but the doctor I then saw said she would up me to maximum doses. I trusted her, she had both her children IVF at the Lister.
I had three eggs taken, all fertilised and all put back. The result is having his bath at the moment!
I was 43 when I had ICSI. Couldn't recommend the Lister more highly.
Whoever you choose, good luck!
SilverShins · 08/08/2014 19:21
Lister was very good for me. I found the attitude of everyone I came into contact with to be really positive. I really needed that after NHS negativity.
I could get there in just under an hour on public transport and that was fine. My husband drove me there and back for the egg collection.
A friend of mine also went there and was impressed. Highly recommend.
SilverShins · 08/08/2014 19:22
Btw, I was 40 and the the IVF was successful. I wish you all the best.
LondonSuperTrooper · 08/08/2014 22:21
Thanks for sharing your experiences. I'd travel to Lister on the train & tube for scans & appointments.
I'd hope that if we choose Lister then my DH can drive me there for the egg collection.
I'm visiting both clinics in early September, as well as New Life in Epsom. Hopefully one clinic will stand out & ease my decision making.
MrsHY1 · 17/08/2014 18:15
Hello OP. Another positive Lister story here too. Had 1 x IVF on the NHS, developed OHSS for which I was hospitalised but on the plus side ended up with 30 eggs and 9 blastos, all of which were good enough to freeze.
Two subsequent NHS FETs with two high-quality, well thawed blastos transferred each time, both BFN. Moved to the Lister when we were down to our last three (two had perished when we did each previous FET).
I felt that I was treated like an individual at the Lister. We paid for further tests which was expensive, but pulled up a blood clotting issue and also some immune issues. My doctor was very honest about immune therapy, pointing out that as yet there isn't the evidence to back it up, but we really wanted the last FET to be successful given the IVF cycle had been so traumatic.
My last two blasts were transferred early last year- they were right down the quality scale and also had only thawed with 60 and 40% of their cells intact. My DD is now nearly nine months old- so something worked!!
Best of luck whatever you decide x
LondonSuperTrooper · 20/08/2014 10:51
MrsHY1 - Congratulation on your DD and for sharing your experience of Lister.
Well, it seems that both clinics are highly thought of. We had appointments to visit both but unfortunately will have to cancel attending the open evenings as they won't allow me to bring my son along (I have no childcare for him).
Onto a different note, we attended the New Life clinic recently and we were impressed by Mr Gaffar. Does anyone know anything of New Life?
Whilst I was at New Life, I met a lady who was an ex-Lister patient. She & her DH had nothing good to say about the clinic. They said that it was really impersonal and they were just a number - which obviously doesn't tally with this the majority on this thread. Now I'm confused
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