Couples affected by infertility will have access to a clinic in Cork following the decision by Dublin-based Sims IVF to expand beyond the capital.
The move will see the establishment in the autumn of a new facility at City Gate in Mahon, outside Cork City, where the intention is to eventually offer a full IVF service
“It can be seen as a precursor to a fully-fledged IVF clinic,” said a spokesperson for Sims.
The clinic, which is expected to cater for 300 couples per year, will further strengthen Sims’ presence in Cork following an announcement last May that it was entering a partnership with Fertility Check Cork, a service which until now only provided male infertility checks.
The collaboration opened the way for women to avail of consultations at the Fertility Check clinic in Victoria Cross, as well as a range of investigations.
Co-founder and medical director of Sims IVF, David Walsh, said the establishment of the unit in Cork was “a natural response to demand from couples in the Munster region”.
“We’ve treated hundreds of couples from Munster in our facility in Dublin but it is much more helpful and convenient for them if they can engage with us in Cork and reduce their need to travel to our facilities in Dublin,” said Dr Walsh.
Sims said it “specialises in helping patients who have already had IVF treatment at other clinics and failed”. According to Sims, 45% of its patients have already had treatment elsewhere.
The facility will be officially opened in the autumn, but patients can be seen now with immediate effect.
An IVF clinic already exists in Cork, on College Rd. The Cork Fertility Centre has been treating couples affected by infertility for more than a decade.
CFC is currently involved in a research project examining whether an expensive male fertility test, known as DNA fragmentation, has any bearing on improving outcomes for couples with difficulties conceiving.
CFC is still recruiting volunteers for the research. Anyone interested in taking part can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 021 486 5764.
Earlier this year, CFC was licensed by the Irish Medicines Board to begin screening embryos for cystic fibrosis.
CFC carries out around 700 cycles of IVF treatment every year.
Approximately one in six Irish couples is affected by infertility.
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