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GP Bulletin - June 2016

Orbit Fertility – a new assisted conception service in Bradford


We are delighted to announce that, following collaborative work between Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Ramsay Healthcare’s Yorkshire Clinic, our assisted conception service has now moved to The Yorkshire Clinic, Bingley. The three local CCGs (Bradford City, Bradford District and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven) have awarded an AQP contract `for NHS-funded Assisted Conception to the new service, Orbit Fertility. The new location offers enhanced facilities, as well as the opportunity to expand the service.

The satellite IVF clinic in Bradford was established in 1999 and is one of the busiest such clinics in the UK. Run by experienced consultants Dr Virginia Beckett & Dr Shiva Kukreja and their team of specialist fertility nurses, it is highly regarded by patients, who appreciate the holistic care they receive, as well as the convenience of a local clinic. The full range of assisted conception treatments are available, with couples travelling to a ‘base unit’ for interventions requiring an IVF laboratory, like egg collection or embryo transfer. Our base units: Leeds Centre for Reproductive Medicine, The Jessop, Sheffield and The Hewitt Centre, Liverpool, offer excellent success rates and the most advanced laboratories available.

The entire clinical team has transferred to Orbit Fertility, with consultants working on secondment from BTHFT. Drs Beckett and Kukreja will continue to run their Reproductive Medicine service at BTHFT. Both have a strong background in their specialty and are keen to ensure that each couple achieves the healthiest pregnancy possible, by focussing on pre-conception care and a ‘whole life’ approach to Polycystic Ovarian and Metabolic Syndromes. Once a diagnosis is made and a requirement for assisted conception is established, care will be transferred to Orbit Fertility. Couples who are not eligible for NHS funding will be able to self-fund treatment.

Around 40% of treatments will result in a successful pregnancy. As experienced Obstetricians, Drs Beckett and Kukreja are able to advise on appropriate ongoing Obstetric care. Referrals to Reproductive Medicine can be made via Choose & Book or directly to Dr Beckett or Dr Kukreja. If it is clear from the referral that assisted conception is required without further need for investigation, the referral will be redirected to Orbit Fertility.

For further information, please contact:

Jeanette Reynolds, Divisional General Manager, BTHFT
01274 542200

Lidia Gallucci, Administrator, Orbit Fertility
01274 550619

An open invite to Bradford Institute for Health Research conference - ‘Research that Changes a City’


The Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) is pleased to announce that it will host its second research conference on Friday 7th October 2016. The conference will celebrate 10 years of the BIHR and focus on health research that is changing how we deliver healthcare in Bradford and its surrounding areas. This will be an all-day event taking place at the BIHR and the Sovereign Lecture Theatre at Bradford Royal Infirmary.

The conference will consist of a number of events:

• A series of keynote speakers and research presentations,
• A research poster exhibition and competition,
• The official opening of the BIHR’s recent extension to its Clinical Research Facility.

For further information please contact Sadia Khaliq (Research Management and Support Office, BIHR) on (01274) 383418 or email Sadia.Khaliq@bthft.nhs.uk.

Midwives at BTHFT set up new Facebook page to help mums-to-be


A new Facebook page packed with a wealth of information and advice for mums-to-be and new parents has been launched by Bradford midwives. Bradford Antenatal Birth and BeYond (BABY) is the one-stop place for mums, dads and families to help them through pregnancy and prepare for labour and birth at Bradford Royal Infirmary’s Women’s and Newborn Unit as well as supporting them after baby’s arrival.

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Marking a special ‘centenary’ with ground-breaking baby research trial


Our Neonatal Unit has recruited the 101st baby to a clinical research trial which could have a major impact on infant health. The ELFIN study is a multi-centre, randomised, placebo-controlled trial which involves giving lactoferrin (a natural infection-reducing cow’s milk protein) to very preterm infants to evaluate if it can reduce infection. About 20 per cent of very preterm babies born before 32 weeks’ gestation acquire serious infections so better methods of infection prevention are needed.

The babies involved remain on the trial until they reach 34 weeks, and we’re delighted to say that our latest ‘recruits’ are twin girls – Ayat and Hiba – who were born on 15 May, to mum, Sara Wadood at just 25 weeks’ and six days’ gestation. Lead Research Nurse, Kelly Young said: “We are really pleased to be taking part in the trial because we are passionate about research and the importance of it. We know what a difference it can make, and it’s important we offer our parents the opportunity for their babies to be involved in these trials. This is a trial which has the potential to make a real difference to the long-term outcomes of babies’ health because it could prevent the late onset of infections which can impact negatively on preterm babies and in some cases be life-threatening.”

The protein, which is in powder form and mixed with mum’s breast milk and water to make a 1.5ml dose, is given once a day. The trial is completely blind and neither staff nor parents know whether babies are allocated to lactoferrin or the placebo. The trial, which is sponsored by the University of Oxford, involves more than 20 centres across the UK which up to date have recruited 538 babies in total. The recruitment target is 2,200 babies.

The trial closes in December 2017, and the results, which will be evaluated by the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit, are expected in late 2018. The babies are also taking part in the Prevail trial which compares standard intravenous feeding lines with those impregnated with antibiotics.

Trust Grand Round in June 2016


The next Trust Grand Round will take place on Thursday 30th June. These meetings provide an excellent opportunity to meet with fellow professionals whilst remaining up to date with key issues and developments.

The subject covered in June will be –

- Quality Improvement at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust presented by John Bellerby, Assistant Director of Quality

The Foundation Trust invites all local GPs to attend the Grand Round which are held monthly. The Grand Round is held in the Sovereign Lecture Theatre at Bradford Royal Infirmary. Meetings start at 12.45pm and last for an hour. Lunch is available from 12.15pm.


This monthly bulletin aims to keep local GPs up to date with the trust’s new services and developments. If you’d like any further information about any of the items in this month’s briefing contact Naveed Saddique on 01274 272635, email gp.comments@bthft.nhs.uk