Health trust meets to discuss help for couples struggling to become parents

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A HEALTH trust has held a major conference to ensure it keeps providing the best help to childless couples wanting to become parents.

A host of expert speakers appeared at a conference organised by the University Hospital of Hartlepool’s assisted reproduction unit.

Hartlepool College of Further Education was the venue and the theme was endometriosis and fertility.

Endometriosis is a common condition in which small pieces of the womb lining (the endometrium) are found outside the womb.

Hany Mostafa, consultant gynaecologist and person responsible for the assisted reproduction unit, opened the event by giving an overview about endometriosis and fertility.

A talk from Graham Phillips, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at James Cook University Hospital, was next and he spoke about surgery for severe endometriosis.

Later in the afternoon, speeches were given by Andrew Horne, professor of gynaecology and reproductive sciences at Edinburgh University, Mathew Tomlinson, a consultant from Nottingham University Hospital, and Mostafa Metwally, a consultant gynaecologist and subspecialist in reproductive medicine and surgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Some of the trust’s own experts gave presentations including consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Somen Roy, specialist registrar Mira Bapir and fertility specialist counsellor Janet Owen.

Hany Mostafa said: “There is new research and new developments in fertility all the time. The theme of our meeting was endometriosis and fertility. This is a common condition in which small pieces of the womb lining (the endometrium) are found outside the womb.

“It was a pleasure and a privilege to be joined by such eminent experts in this field and the audience certainly learned a great deal about the latest thinking and research in this area.

“The team in our assisted reproduction unit has certainly benefited from the knowledge and expertise of our speakers and we know it will further improve the service we can provide to couples who are desperate to become a family.”

Bosses at the unit and the trust thanked the sponsors whose support made the event possible.

And they urged couples who have been trying to have a baby but without success to consider getting in touch with the expert team which may be able to help.

To find out more about the assisted reproduction unit, visit