Fertility expert to lead new Bristol private clinic

BRCM, Southmead Hospital, Bristol

One of the country’s top fertility experts, Dr Valentine Akande, will lead the transition of North Bristol NHS Trust’s Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) into a private service as from 1 March 2018.

Dr Akande, who has been lead clinician and speciality director of fertility services at BCRM since 2011, will take over the running of the new private operation, together with his business partner, Paul Wilson, also currently with BCRM.

As part of North Bristol NHS Trust, BCRM has been providing fertility services to patients from across the UK, at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, since 2008 and has consistently had one of the highest success rates in the country.

Its purpose built IVF facility has helped thousands of couples to conceive and create families. The clinic has many long-standing relationships with its patients and Valentine Akande and Paul Wilson are passionate about maintaining this continuity of care.

The development reflects the growth in private fertility treatment, with the majority of UK IVF treatments now being provided by private clinics. However, the new BCRM is hopeful that it will also be able to provide services to NHS funded patients as of April next year.

Dr Akande said: “It will be very much business as usual as we look to continue to provide the exemplary care BCRM is so well known for.

“Our aim is to build on our long-established track record of delivering above national average pregnancy rates and to enhance choice and quality provision, by offering one of the most experienced teams in the country, as well as top class facilities, to patients in Bristol, the wider South West and South Wales and across the UK.

“Having been instrumental in creating many families over the years, we feel we are very much part of the Bristol and wider community and we are committed to continuing to provide this service.”