Not at all, says Fertility Show organiser Jonathan Scott; “Greece could be the right place to go for fertility treatment. Or the USA, Spain or Norway”.
The Fertility Show, which opens in London in less than 2 weeks – its 7th year – has more Greek IVF clinics exhibiting (7 in total) than in any previous year. All are determined to attract Brits to Greece for fertility treatment.
But it’s not just Greece. Also exhibiting are clinics from the USA, Spain, Portugal, The Czech Republic, Norway, Cyprus, Israel, Russia and the Caribbean.
So why should Brits go abroad for fertility treatment? Didn’t Britain, after all, invent IVF?
Says one exhibitor, Dr Elias Tsakos, British-trained gynaecologist, fellow of London’s Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and Medical Director of Thessalonica-based EmbryoClinic IVF, “the usual reason for patients looking abroad is firstly, the availability of different treatment options and secondly, cost”.
Historically, it was the lack of egg donors that drove patients abroad, often to Spain, but now the difficulties in the Greek economy may mean that cost is becoming the driving influence.
The Greek crisis has created, Dr Tsakos claims; “a very attractive environment for patients seeking IVF with overall treatment costs reduced by between 30-50%”.
Another Greek exhibitor, Athens-based Serum IVF, believes that familiarity, as well as technology, has played an important part.
Serum’s founder and Clinic Director, Penny Ampatzi, says that their increasing number of UK patients is partly due to increasing comfort with the idea of travelling overseas for medical treatment, “but also because the Internet has made it much easier for couples to share their experiences with each other and report how easy and helpful it has been for them to travel to us”.
Official estimates of Brits travelling abroad may be significantly underestimating actual numbers with just one clinic, Norwegian-based Klinikk Hausken, stating they have treated 500 UK couples in the last 9 years while another, US based Shady Grove, claiming 500 UK babies born so far.
The Fertility Show is staged in association with Infertility Network UK, Britain’s largest fertility patient support group. Their CEO Susan Seenan, suggests patients thinking of travelling abroad do their research. Seenan says;
“treatment offered by clinics abroad can be very different to that offered in the UK. Do make sure you ask the clinics lots of questions”
Amongst the 70 leading fertility specialists taking part in seminars this year are;
Stuart Lavery, Hammersmith Hospital NHS
Yacoub Khalaf, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS
Adam Balen, Leeds NHS
Geeta Nargund, St George’s Hospital NHS
Professor Lesley Regan, St Mary’s Hospital NHS
Sam Abdalla, Lister Fertility Clinic
Professor Simon Fishel, CARE Group
Rachel Cutting, Centre for Reproductive Medicine Sheffield NHS
Tarek El-Touky, Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS
Anil Gudi, Homerton Hospital NHS
Allan Pacey, University of Sheffield
Dimitrios Nikolaou, Chelsea and Westminster NHS
The Fertility Show.
Sat & Sun, November 7-8, 2015.
Olympia Exhibition Centre, London W14.
The Fertility Show is backed by patient support charity, Infertility Network UK.
It forms part of National Fertility Awareness Week, Nov 2-8, 2015.
Admission £11. Seminars an additional £1 each.
(Over 7,000 seminar seats booked in 2014).
More information from;
Jonathan Scott, MD, The Fertility Show
Tel: 0207 993 4180
Susan Seenan, CEO, Infertility Network UK
Tel: 01294 230730
Dr Elias Tsakos MD, FRCOG, Medical Director, EmbryoClinic IVF
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