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Nuffield or Kingston?

Hi ladies,

It's been awhile since I last wrote, and now there have been 14 (FOOOOUUURRRTEEEN) pregnancies in my circle of friends/family since we started trying. So to all of you who think that everyone around you is getting pregnant except you - I hear you!!!

Anyway.... We are finally getting closer to the stage where we can actually begin IVF for the first time, and we are told we'll have a choice between Nuffield in Woking, or the clinic in Kingston. Either one would probably be fine in terms of travel, I"m just wondering if anyone has any recent advice in terms of how they've found these clinics to be?

Thanks very much in advance - and big hugs to all of you who have to be around several pregnant family members over Christmas (i've taken the easy way out and skipped a couple of meals to avoid it altogether! :(

xxxx

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Hi hun, we had this same dilemma on choice. We decided to go for Kingston as we had already seen one of the consultants there at a clinic at St Peters and he really made us feel at ease.

I don't have a success story for you yet as I am currently in the 2WW but everyone we have dealt with has been amazing. So friendly and helpful, they really made us feel at ease whenever we've had appointments.

GL with your journey xx

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Thanks very much for the speedy reply! Best of luck for you xxx

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No worries hun, if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me and I will help as best I can :)

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Thanks so much - I know there will be plenty of questions once we actually start! I've got three more blood tests to do and THEN we can apply for the 6-8 week appt with the clinic, so just trying to decide now which one we want to apply for xxx

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Ah no worries, I will do my best to assist :)

It is such a long road but it does go quickly once you get started, honestly! xx

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I’m currently through the Nuffield woking and would recommend it although I can’t comment on Kingston personally. I know 3 people directly with first time success at woking albeit we are round 4. The other odd thing I heard about Kingston as my brother and wife are starting there is EC happens at Kingston but the embryo development etc happens at a different clinic so you have to transport between the 2. The above lady may be able to verify? This to me sounds like an added stress. I was trying to tell my brother about freezing a sample before hand as that can add a lot of pressure on the day and that’s when he said the above but we didn’t get to talk about it much more. Anyway good luck with your choice and journey! Xx

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Yes, that's true they do the egg collection at Kingston and the male has to take the eggs up to Kings and do a sample. Then for embryo transfer, you go back to Kings for this part, so it is a bit back and forth.

Although ours was slightly different as hubbys sperm is our issue, so he had a retrieval at Kings and it was frozen prior to my collection, which we ended up doing at Kings also due to them not being sure the frozen sample would be ok and there was a chance hubby would need another retrieval on the day. Both clinics decided it would be easier to have us both in the same place in case, although it wasn't needed in the end.

Phew that was a lot of info - not sure if I made sense there!

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Ahhh ok thanks - in our case, the issue is with the sperm, so maybe that would be the same for us? But again - good to know! xxx

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Could possibly be - they said they weren't finding active sperm at all in hubbys samples so we had to go to Kings for a retrieval to see if there was any live sperm at all or if we would need donor.

Luckily, they found some even though poor hubby had to be cut and stitched before they did and we had enough viable to go ahead with ICSI xx

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Ohhh thanks Chloe - good to know! I'll look into that for sure . Best of luck for you with round 4, everything crossed for you xxxxx

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Hiya I had treatment at woking and they where amazing I was seen so quickly once funding was approved (about 4 weeks) they explained everything in amazing deatils and could always call and everyone was always very approachable they also have a 24 hour emergency line which was amazing and I needed when I had a nightmare with my trigger shot! I feel pregnant first try with a grade AA 5day blacocyst I am 28+4 now 🙏👶💗 I hope this helps wishing you all the best in your journey xx

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Thanks very much! All the best to you :) I'm liking the sound of Woking to be honest - I've had plenty of people saying it's great but my husband is leaning towards Kingston because he has the idea that it's got better success rates (where he got that information I don't know!)

I cant seem to find any success rates that are recent and comparable for the two clinics? If there was a huge difference then I'd go with the more successful one obviously, but if it's much of a muchness, I'd rather go with the one that I personally feel the most comfortable with, which at the moment is definitely Woking! xxx

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Thank you 😊 you can look at the success rates online and then compare individually they won't have a comparison of two clinic online and they do give them to you with all your paperwork once everything is good to go. When I'm home later I will send you woking success rates they where defo over the national average. It does also depend on fertility issues also. I would say defo go with your gut! Xx x

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