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Scotland's First 'Stand-Alone' Private Fertility Centre Established

Scotland's first ever-private fertility clinic has been established by two leading fertility experts, with an aim of helping older women around the ages of 45 with the// treatment.

Professor Richard Fleming, a specialist in reproductive medicine and a leading authority in the field of IVF, and Paul Mitchell, the only embryologist in Scotland who is qualified to carry out pre-implantation genetic diagnosis that is the technique of creating babies free from genetic defects that could be carried by their parents, are the two leading experts in the field, who have quit the NHS to run the full time clinic, are now in the process of training replacements. It was also mentioned that a third doctor, gynaecologist Marco Gaudoin, who would continue to remain with the NHS at his post at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, will be dividing his time between the NHS and his business venture.

The clinic that is based in Glasgow, charges £3,000 a time for 'immediate' treatment and also will be available to the women who had been denied IVF by the NHS as they are overweight or already have children. The clinic also hopes that in the near future they would be able to offer screening services so as to help eliminate certain genetic defects from embryos. Many fertility groups had on Saturday, welcomed the development stating that it was about time the women were given a reasonable alternative, when compared to the strict eligibility rules and waiting times, which often go up to five years by the NHS.

Many patient groups, have meanwhile expressed concern over the setting up of the 'Glasgow Centre for Reproductive Medicine' feeling that the NHS would be affected in the long run especially as it would also be losing two of it leading experts. Statistics have shown that 1-7 couples have fertility problems and the funding and rules of the NHS is very strictly regulated. It was explained that the according to NHS the maximum age limit for treatmen
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