Christmas Opening Hours

Monday 23rd December – 9am until 5pm

Tuesday 24th December – 9am until 1pm

Wednesday 25th December – Closed

Thursday 26th December – Closed

Friday 27th December – 9am until 5pm

Saturday 28th December – Closed

Sunday 29th December – Closed

Monday 30th December – 9am until 5pm

Tuesday 31st December – 9am until 1pm

Wednesday 1st January – Closed

Thursday 2nd January – 9am until 5pm

Friday 3rd January – 9am until 5pm

Saturday 4th January – 9am until 1pm

Sunday 5th January – Closed

Monday 6th January – Normal service resumes

Before it can attach itself to the uterine lining, the embryo must ‘hatch’ – quite literally, it must break out of a protective shell called the zona pellucida. However, for some embryos (like for patients who are older or who have had repeated IVF failures) it is thought that this might not be happening – even if the embryo reaches the right place, it can’t stay there.

Assisted hatching attempts to combat this using a laser to make a small hole in the embryo shell. Currently, this technique is categorised as “red” on the HFEA’s traffic light rating system in view of insufficient evidence showing improvement in pregnancy rates and is therefore not recommended for routine use.