Assisted Conception Service
Main Outpatient area
Clinic Area B
Queen Elizabeth Building
Glasgow Royal Infirmary
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Treatment bookings: 0141 201 3478
Nursing Staff: 0141 211 8545
Laboratory team: 0141 211 8549
Medical Secretary: 0141 201 3436
Reception: 0141 211 8535
Monday – Thursday: 0745 – 1900
Friday: 0745 – 1530
Saturday: 0800 – 1500
Sunday: 0830 – 1500
For any emergencies out with these hours please contact your GP, NHS 24 (telephone number 111) or the on call gynaecologist via switch board (telephone number 0141 211 4000).
How to find us
The Assisted Conception Service (ACS) is located in the main Outpatient Area, Clinic Area B on the ground floor of the Queen Elizabeth Building, Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Enter the hospital via the Alexandra Parade entrance. If you need further assistance please ask at the ‘reception and admissions’ desk in the entrance foyer.
The Assisted Conception Team
Dr Helen Lyall, Consultant Gynaecologist
Dr Lyall is a Consultant Gynaecologist and lead clinician for the ACS Unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She qualified in 1988 from the University of Dundee and has always worked in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. She has been directly involved in assisted conception and reproductive medicine for 20 years. During her training Dr Lyall also worked in Edinburgh, moving to Glasgow in 1995. Dr Lyall has published widely and was awarded a MD from the University of Dundee in 1994. She has been a member of a number of national groups looking at the provision of assisted conception treatment, most specifically equity of access, and is a member of the National Infertility Group, convened by the Scottish Government.
Joanne Leitch – Person Responsible & Lead Embryologist
Joanne has gained over 10 years of experience in Clinical Embryology in both public and private health care settings. In her current appointment as the Person Responsible & Lead Clinical Embryologist, she plays a key role in the largest IVF clinic in Scotland. Joanne is a Diplomat of the Royal College of Pathologists and previously an Executive Board member of the Association of Clinical Embryologists.
Professor Scott Nelson, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Scott is the Muirhead Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Glasgow and HFEA licence holder for Glasgow Royal Infirmary ACS unit. Professor Nelson is a prominent international specialist in reproductive medicine, and world renowned for personalised ovarian stimulation.
Dr Susheel Vani
Dr Vani is a specialist in the field of Reproductive Medicine and Assisted Conception. He completed most of his training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology, including Subspecialty Training in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery, in Edinburgh. As a part of this training he completed research studies on the endometrium and he was awarded an MD from the University of Edinburgh. Dr Vani moved to Glasgow to take up a full time post as a Consultant Gynaecologist in the ACS in 2010. He is the lead gynaecologist for the Male Infertility service which is run in conjunction with the Urologists. He is also actively involved with undergraduate and postgraduate medical training.
Dr Aparna Sastry
Dr Sastry is a consultant in infertility with special interests in Paediatric and adolescent gynaecology, Surrogacy, Fertility preservation and Reproductive endocrinology (Turner’s syndrome, Premature ovarian failure, Differences in sex development, gender dysphoria, post cancer reproductive care etc). She has over 15 years experience in this field and has worked in Australia, Wales and England. She runs a dedicated fertility clinic at Victoria infirmary. She is an honorary senior clinical lecturer at Glasgow University and is also involved in ultrasound training at Caledonia university.
Dr Claire Banks
Dr Banks is a Consultant Gynaecologist, and qualified in Medicine in 2002 from the University of Glasgow. She has worked in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology throughout her postgraduate career, with a special interest in assisted conception since 2007. Before studying medicine, Dr Banks completed a law degree, graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1996 with an LLB Honours degree in Medical Law and Ethics.
Dr Samra Khan
Dr Khan qualified as a doctor in 2003 and completed her core obstetrics and gynaecology training in Oxford and Glasgow. To pursue her special interest in subfertility, she joined the assisted conception unit in Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 2011 for advanced training in this field. She attained a certificate of completion of training in 2013 following which she continued to serve as a consultant within the same unit. Besides offering tertiary level care for management of infertile couples she also leads the oocyte donation service at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and also provides a fertility service for the south side of Glasgow through a dedicated fertility clinic at Victoria hospital. Dr Khan is very enthusiastic about her specialty and committed to provide a high quality care to her patients.
Isabel Traynor, Lead Nurse
Isabel is the Redesign Manager of the Assisted Conception Service. She graduated from Caledonian University in 1992 with BA Honours in Health & Nursing Studies and had an extensive gynaecology career in Western Infirmary, Glasgow. She worked there for 10 years, in a variety of roles ranging from staff nurse, research nurse, ward manager and clinical nurse manager in gynaecology across North Glasgow NHS Trust. Following this experience, she took up post as the Senior Charge Nurse in the Assisted Conception Unit in Glasgow Royal Infirmary in October 2002. This challenging role includes clinical and service management, with a research and education component. This experience has been transferred to a clinical environment ensuring that evidence based practice is delivered locally. A range of nurse led services have also been developed within the unit. She has completed several post graduated qualifications in Infertility, Ultrasound Scanning and Non Medical Prescribing. She has had the privilege of both presenting and being chairperson at several national Infertility meetings for nursing and multi-disciplinary groups. She is the previous chairperson of the Senior Infertility Nurses Group.
Joanne McNabb, Senior Charge Nurse ACS
Joanne qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1981 then as a Certified Midwife in 1982. Her career in midwifery progressed to a Community Midwife then three years later to a Labour Ward Sister. After a short break she returned to Glasgow Royal Maternity (Rottenrow ) as a Bank Midwife before joining the Assisted Conception Team at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1993. As Senior Charge Nurse In the department Joanne leads an excellent team of nurses and HCSWs, helping to plan and deliver the care that provides the best possible experience for patients using the service.
Frances Roebuck, Quality Manager
Frances has 10 years of experience working in Clinical Embryology in a variety of public and private fertility clinics. Frances’ career in embryology began in 2012, with enrolment in the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE) certification programme. She then progressed to attain Clinical Embryologist certification in 2018. She has extensive experience in Quality Control across 3 fertility laboratories and is currently completing an MSc in Healthcare Quality Management Systems. As Quality Manager, Frances ensures that the clinics quality management system is implemented, maintained and effective whilst co-ordinating awareness of the clinic user’s needs and requirements.
Craig Spinks, Clinical Services Manager
Craig graduated with a Business Management Honours degree and has significant experience working across various NHS sectors which include Golden Jubilee National Hospital and Oral Health Directorate. He commenced current post in July 2014 and has a wider remit across Women & Children’s directorate in addition to Business Manager role within Assisted Conception Service.
Alison Elliot, Counsellor
Alison has been working at the ACS since May 2016. She has worked for NHS as a counsellor for over thirteen years and is an accredited member of British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA), and accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), Counselling Supervisor and a member of Scottish Infertility Counselling Group.
She studied at Glasgow University spending a year at University of South Florida on an exchange programme to graduate with a degree in Sociology 1994. She worked in the field of complex trauma in Florida, USA and Perth, Australia before returning to Glasgow to study a Masters in Public Health. She was employed by Glasgow City Council Education Services to progress the Scottish Government’s prevention strategy on Gender based violence before returning to education to study to be a counsellor and worked for the Centre of Women’s Health.
Lesley Miller, Counsellor
Lesley has over 26 years experience, having undertaken counselling and psychotherapy training between 1992-1996. Prior to becoming a counsellor Lesley worked within nursing and the field of mental health. Lesley is both BACP and BICA accredited. Over the years she has been employed within a number NHS, Local Authority, residential and community settings.
Before concentrating on her career within the field of fertility counseling she established and managed a therapeutic stress management and crisis service for adults and young people across Glasgow for a period of 21 years up until 2013. In addition to the development of therapeutic skills, Lesley has experience from a depth of understanding and a high level of compassion for her work.
Here at the ACS Lesley endeavors to support individuals and couples with their personal issues arising from infertility and the stress of navigating through the treatment options and process. With her aim being to facilitate a safe, confidential and collaborative relationship, supporting each client to reconnect with their personal strengths, learn new coping skills, build resilience in dealing with the difficulties they are facing, learn effective emotional management techniques and to come to terms with very challenging life events.
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