"The term test-tube baby was first coined in Manchester and we are thrilled that so many test-tube babies continue to be Made in Manchester. "
Prof Simon Fishel, CARE Founder
CARE Fertility are celebrating their 20th year of making babies through IVF and this week re-launched one of their largest and most successful clinic’s in the UK - CARE Manchester. CARE fertility have spent £5 million on refurbishing the Grade ll listed building which was officially opened this week by the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown.
IVF began in Manchester almost 40 years ago, with the birth of Louise Brown on 25th July 1978. Louise’s parents received IVF treatment as part of an experiment to help them conceive after facing complications of blocked fallopian tubes. The treatment was the first ever to be successful after 450 attempts.
Since then, over 27,000 babies have been born across the country through IVF by CARE, 1 baby every 4 hours and CARE Manchester specifically are the most successful providers of NHS and self-funded fertility treatment in the North West, with the best clinical pregnancy rates in the region for under 38’s.
Louise returned to the location where she was made to help re-launch the Manchester clinic. She is pictured with some of the nurses and doctors at the CARE Manchester clinic.
The refurbishment involved all areas of the building including significant demolition and structural works. Alterations involved creating new embryology labs, theatre areas, recovery rooms, and eight specially designed patient bedrooms.
The second phase of the project included a conference room with a movable wall and an embryology training room completely equipped with high tech laboratory facilities of the highest specification. This unique space will help to train embryologists for the future. Staff areas including coffee lounge and rest rooms were refitted along with admin offices.
The ground floor area involved fitting out several clinical and consultation rooms, completely new reception and a bright patient lounge to create a modern, stylish and relaxing environment for patients.
As part of the building was Grade II listed, some existing features were retained and protected internally and externally. The dramatic Victorian façade was decorated, restoring the listed frontage.
The re-launch on Tuesday 19th September, was attended by Louise Brown Medical Director Philip Lowe and many of the CARE team. Prof Simon Fishel Founder and President of CARE Fertility spoke about his work in the treatment of infertility over the past 40 years.
A number of families who received IVF treatment by CARE Manchester attended the event and brought their IVF children along to thank the staff and meet Louise.
MR Philip Lowe, Medical Director at CARE Manchester says “In the region where IVF began, almost 40 years ago, we are very pleased to continue that tradition by investing in our Manchester clinic, building on our reputation for clinical excellence and world-class patient care”.
“It has been an exciting year in which we've managed to complete a major refurbishment whilst keeping the clinic open and maintaining our excellent success rates. Our thanks go to our patients for their understanding and support and our Manchester team for their commitment and enthusiasm whilst surrounded by builders!”