Specialist equipment donated to Fertility Centre

Hospital staff and Salisbury League of Friends at the IVF workstation.

Patients and staff in the Salisbury District Hospital Fertility Centre will benefit from new specialist equipment thanks to a £19,500 donation from the Salisbury League of Friends. Around £16,500 has been used to buy a second IVF workstation. This provides a special protective environment to examine eggs, sperm and embryos. A further £3,000 has paid for an additional examination couch for patients who need scans, embryo transfers and other treatments that take place in the Fertility Centre.

Shaun Fountain, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist said, "Staff at the Salisbury Fertility Centre send their heartfelt thanks to the Salisbury League of Friends who have kindly supported our patients by purchasing our second IVF workstation and an examination couch. The IVF workstation provides an essential protective clinical area to examine and nurture these delicate cells and minimise the potential risk posed by the environment outside the human body. We already have one workstation that we moved over last year from our temporary facilities in the Obstetric and Gynaecology Department, but with the opening of the new Fertility Centre at Salisbury District Hospital, we now have more laboratory space and greater flexibility to expand the service we give to our patients."