Christmas Opening Hours

  • 21st December – Normal operating hours 0900 - 1700
  • 22nd December – Normal operating hours 0900 - 1700
  • 23rd December – Normal operating hours 0900 - 1700
  • 24th December – Opening hours are 0900 - 1300
  • 25th December – Unit is closed
  • 26th December – Unit is closed
  • 27th December – Unit is closed
  • 28th December – Unit is closed
  • 29th December – Normal operating hours 0900 - 1700
  • 30th December – Normal operating hours 0900 - 1700
  • 31st December – Opening hours are 0900 – 1300
  • 1st January – Unit is closed
  • 2nd January – Unit open as normal for Saturday service 0900-1300
  • 3rd January –  Unit is closed
  • 4th January – Normal operating hours 0900 - 1700

An embryo needs to ‘stick’ to the inner lining of the uterus in order for it to implant; and to help it, we can use a special substance called EmbryoGlue®. Embryo Glue is a hyaluronate enriched medium utilised in the laboratory where the embryo is kept prior to the embryo transfer. A hyaluronate enriched medium contains a substance called hyaluronan, which may improve the chance of the embryo implanting in the womb. It is added to the solution in the dish in which the embryos are kept before being transferred to the patient.

The HFEA has deemed this treatment add-on to be ‘Amber’, under the traffic light system. This is due to current conflicting evidence on whether Embryo Glue is significantly effective in IVF treatment and therefore further research is necessary. There are no known risks from using hyaluronate enriched medium. One high quality study demonstrated that Embryo Glue significantly improves live birth rates (Urman, 2008). Presently, Embryo Glue is utilised within King’s Fertility laboratory as part of the routine embryology for every patient at no additional costs.