Our team is made up of medical and scientific specialists, who are all dedicated to giving a comprehensive and caring service. We work within the Assisted Conception Unit (ACU) and the Clinical Genetics Unit, with the help of a large team that provides care for all patients who use our specialised services. A number of the ACU staff will usually be involved in your care. You may not meet everyone listed below, but they will be working alongside the dedicated PGD team.
Genetic counsellors and geneticists
You will meet a senior pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) genetic counsellor or clinical geneticist, and sometimes an ACU nurse or doctor on your first visit. The clinical genetics service works closely with the ACU to ensure that you receive the most comprehensive information available.
Our team of fertility counsellors share a passion for providing our patients with quality care, and are committed to ensuring you are well-supported through your fertility journey. They are experienced in providing support for couples who have been seeking fertility treatment, and have an understanding of common pressures, concerns, and worries that individuals and couples might be facing, as well as the wider impact on the family. Meeting with our fertility counsellors will not only provide you with the space to share your concerns, but to help you develop strategies to cope.
Accessing the fertility counsellors is free, and included with your care as part of seeking PGD.
The ACU nurses plan your treatment schedule and teach you about any medications used in your treatment. The nurses perform ultrasound scans, blood tests and assist in egg collection and embryo replacement procedures. They look after you during and after the procedures involved in your treatment and offer support and advice by telephone. The main nurses involved with PGD are:
- Alice Denga, matron
- Ali Marqueses
You will meet a PGD doctor on your second visit to us. Our team of doctors will oversee all aspects of your treatment in the unit and perform ultrasound scans, egg collection and embryo replacement.
Mr Yacoub Khalaf, director of the pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) programme
Dr Jan Grace, consultant in reproductive medicine
Dr Tarek El-Toukhy, consultant in reproductive medicine
- Dr Christos Kleanthis, senior specialty doctor in reproductive medicine
- Dr Mona Salman
The embryologists are a highly specialised team of clinical scientists who look after your eggs, sperm and embryos in our modern and state-of-the-art laboratories. They will perform all the procedures from identifying and fertilising the eggs to biopsying and vitrifying (freezing) the embryos. You are likely to meet them on the day of egg collection and subsequently at embryo transfer. Whilst gametes and embryos are developing in the lab, the embryology team will give updates by telephone. When genetic testing is completed the embryologists will call you with the results.
A team of scientists in the laboratory perform the important chromosome or genetic testing for PGD cases. You are likely to meet them during a treatment cycle before embryo transfer.
A member of the ACU administration team will probably be the first person you meet when you come to the unit. They are responsible for keeping your records, answering initial queries and making sure a doctor or nurse responds to your questions when appropriate.