A PIONEERING health team is planning a fundraising night to keep Hartlepool at the forefront of the battle to help childless couples.
The assisted reproduction unit at the University Hospital of Hartlepool is inviting people to an evening of live music and a raffle at the Domes in Seaton Carew.
Entertainment will include Queen tribute act Billy West and the event starts at 7pm on Saturday, April 26.
Money raised will go towards the assisted reproduction unit.
Its clinical lead Hany Mostafa said: “We are continuing to invest in the latest high-tech equipment so that couples get the best chance of becoming parents.
“We are using modern equipment and the latest up to date fertility techniques here and we’re seeing good results.
“We are planning on using the funds from the event to go towards the cost of a time-lapse photography machine.
“This is used for a technique that involves a camera which is set to record a series of images at regular intervals.
“It is not a facility which is available in other units.”
The machine monitors the development of in-vitro fertilisation embryos before they are transferred into the womb.
“That way, the best and most suitable can be chosen to for the mother so that she can have a successful pregnancy.
Mr Mostafa added: “Fundraising events like this one contribute to helping us provide the very best for our patients.”
People aged over 18 can attend the event.
Tickets are £4, available from the unit reception or by contacting (01429) 522866.
The Hartlepool Mail was first to report, in 2008, that the £750,000 unit was opening in Hartlepool.
And in December last year, we also exclusively revealed the unit’s plans to bring in time-lapse photography.
Staff revealed their plans after Hartlepool held a hugely successful conference on the topic of women with a reduced ovarian reserve.
It attracted speakers from all over the world, including Dr Stephen Troup, a clinical embryologist with 20 years of experience.
At the time, Mr Mostafa added: “Our aim is to try and put the Hartlepool unit at the centre of scientific and academic environment in this country.
“We certainly want to make it the heart of the scientific North-East.”
For more details on the unit, visit www.nth.nhs/aru