Cambridge fertility clinic born again in China
The world-renowned Bourn Hall Clinic has committed to expand its fertility expertise to a fifth facility in China.
Born in Cambridge, Bourn Hall Ltd is now to help more infertile Chinese couples after agreeing to open a new clinic in Zhoushan with staff trained in the UK. The venture is a collaboration between Bourn Hall China and Zhoushan Maternal and Children’s Health Hospital.
Zhoushan Archipelago is known as a Buddhist ‘Paradise on the Sea’ and is already a place of pilgrimage for many Chinese seeking fertility help.
The new fertility clinic on the island will provide high quality support for these people and those living in the province.
Bourn Hall Clinic (UK) was established by the pioneers of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and since the birth of the first ‘test-tube’ baby in 1978 over six million babies have been born worldwide following IVF treatment.
The new Zhoushan Clinic is the latest to be established by Bourn Hall China. Its first fertility clinic, opened in Kunming in 2014, has just completed its first full year of operation with success rates equivalent to those achieved in the UK.
A second clinic is being established in Chongqing and a third is planned for Hangzhou. A Shanghai clinic with a capacity for 10,000 cycles of IVF per year is also planned.
The agreement was signed by Dr Mike Macnamee, CEO of Bourn Hall Limited, on behalf of Bourn Hall China, and Li Chen, Dean of Zhoushan Maternal and Children’s Health Hospital.
Dr Macnamee says: “We are delighted to be working with Zhoushan Maternal and Children’s Health Hospital to offer this new fertility service to their patients.
“By establishing these clinics, Bourn Hall China is making world-class IVF treatment available within China and is building local capacity and skills in IVF and reproductive medicine. The clinicians and embryologists are trained by a Bourn Hall team with over 35 years of experience of IVF.
“The clinics will operate to the same protocols used within one of the most highly regulated health systems in the world, ensuring the highest standards of quality and patient care.”
The Business Breakfast and signing was in the presence of Jeremy Hunt, UK Secretary of State; Deborah Kobewka, MD of Healthcare UK; Kevin Holland, Minister-Counsellor for Lifescience and Healthcare at the British Embassy China; and Joanna Roper, Acting Director General for Department for International Trade China.
Bourn Hall China is a joint venture between Bourn Hall Limited, provider of fertility and IVF services, headquartered in Cambridge UK, and Topchoice Medical Investments Co (TMC), a Chinese healthcare company and investment house headquartered in Hangzhou, China.
Bourn Hall Clinic, the world’s first and best-known assisted conception clinic, was established in 1980 by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards, the pioneers of IVF.
• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS (Left to Right): Li Chen, dean of Zhoushan Maternal and Children's Health Hospital and Dr Mike Macnamee CEO of Bourn Hall Limited. Behind: Liangbo Xu, director of FPC of Zhoushan City; Deborah Kobewka Healthcare UK MD; Jeremy Hunt UK Secretary of State for Health, Yuansong Yu – MD of Bourn Hall China.