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PRESS RELEASE NATIONAL SPERM BANK
EMBARGOED UNITL 0:01 THURSDAY 30 October 2014

National Sperm Bank opens its doors on 30 October 2014

The world's first independent National Sperm Bank, a collaboration between the National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT) and Birmingham Women's Hospital, will launch on Thursday 30 October 2014, during National Fertility Awareness Week.

Established with Government funding to alleviate the shortage of sperm donors in this country, the National Sperm Bank will be offering a modern, NHS based, fully-integrated donor recruitment, screening and banking centre, which could deliver for all donor sperm requirements across the UK and reduce the nation’s dependence on imported sperm.

Sue Avery, Director of Birmingham Women’s Fertility Centre, said: ‘There is currently a national shortage of sperm donors in the UK, especially in NHS clinics and particularly among some ethnic minorities. Patient...

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