23rd February 2016
At the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health (CRGH), we offer a full range of fertility treatments but one of our specialties is preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).
What does that mean? It helps to understand exactly what PGD is – a technique of identifying chromosomal and genetic abnormalities in embryos before implantation into the uterus. This screening is generally used for patients that have a history of genetic or chromosomal disorders and mothers of advanced age. PGD is intended to eliminate the risk of transmitting specific chromosomal and genetic disorders to the baby.
For almost 20 years, we have been one of the few fertility clinics in the United Kingdom to offer a full range of PGD services – and we have our very own clinical nurse specialist in genetics – Karen Doye. Karen is our lead PGD nurse and genetic screening coordinator and she is the only individual at CRGH whose entire remit is to deal with PGD.
CRGH is one of the few private units that have an on-going contract with National Health Service (NHS) England – and a majority of our patients come to us via this avenue. We happen to be the second largest PGD unit in the UK and are the oldest of our kind. If a couple meets NHS England’s criteria for qualifying for PGD screening and fertility treatments, they will be funded for their first appointment with CRGH – and that’s when they meet Karen.
Karen receives all PGD referrals from NHS England, screens their cases, and then meets with every single couple to discuss PGD and coordinate their plan of treatment. PGD is a time-intensive and complicated process – more complicated than any other fertility treatment that we offer – so Karen works closely with each and every couple to make sure they are prepared for their journey and that all steps are in place.
Throughout her work with each couple, Karen makes sure that they’re properly funded for their upcoming fertility treatment, ensures that CRGH is properly licensed to treat for each condition that PGD will be used to screen for (this can take a few months), coordinate the couple’s fertility testing, and help to prepare the PGD diagnosis (coordinating blood samples from relatives).
So, when you come to CRGH for fertility treatment, if PGD is right for you, Karen will work with you personally along every step of the way, overseeing your appointments, tests, and answering any questions or concerns you may have.