Good news for Luton&Dunstable Hospital fertility patients
The new Fertility Centre at the Luton&Dunstable Hospital was opened by a very important little person on Friday.
Wielding a giant pair of scissors, three-year-old Noah Huxford of Linslade did the honours as his proud mum Zena looked on.
Noah was born with the help of IUI (intra-uterine insemination) treatment when his mother was 45.
She said: “This should send a message to older women that the L&D are there to help.”
Specialist fertility services are now available to local people in a dedicated unit closer to home.
In the past IVF (in vitro fertilisation) patients were refered to tertiary centres 40 miles away which made it difficult for some couples to access treatment.
Spokesman Barry Mayes said: “ “We have recently formed a partnership with Bourn Hall Fertility Clinic in Cambridgeshire who played a key role in achieving the world’s first successful test-tube baby in 1978.
“By opening this new fertility centre at the L&D the majority of IVF care can be provided locally – which is great news for our patients.”