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Newcastle Fertility Centre

Meet the team


Consultants and doctors

Dr Jane StewartConsultant in Repro Med and Gynae. - Head of Department

  • Consultant in Repro Med and Gynae. - Head of Department
  • Tel: 0191 213 8213
  • GMC Code:
  • Qualifications: MBChB, BSc, MD, FRCOG
  • Special Interests

    Dr Stewart is the Person Responsible to the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority and leads on a number of services including recurrent miscarriage. Her particular interest is fertility preservation. She is Secretary of the British Fertility Society promoting best practice and training in the specialty.

  • Biography

    Dr Stewart qualified in Edinburgh and moved to the North East to complete her training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Subsequently specialising in Reproductive Medicine she joined the Newcastle fertility team in 1994 as a Research Fellow and after completing specialist training joined the Royal Victoria Infirmary Consultant team as a Gynaecologist specialising in Reproductive Medicine in 2002.

     
  • Directorate

    Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    Newcastle Fertility Centre, International Centre for Life.

    Royal Victoria Infirmary

  • Clinics Provided

    Ovulation induction

    In vitro fertilisation

    Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

    Embryo freezing

    Sperm donation treatment

    Egg donation Treatment

    Counselling

    Pre pregnancy advice

    Fertility preservation

    Young people's clinic

    Sperm, egg and embryo donation

     

  • Name of Secretary
    Toni McGarrigal
  • Jane Stewart 13Aug2013 

Dr Meenakshi ChoudharyConsultant Gynaecologist

  • Consultant Gynaecologist
  • Tel: 0191 213 8213
  • GMC Code:
  • Qualifications: MBBS, MD, MRCOG, PhD
  • Special Interests

    Dr Choudhary’s main clinical interest is in reproductive and adolescent endocrinology (hormones) and the challenges that lie in managing patients with associated problem. She is currently the Clinical Lead for "Early Pregnancy" and also the regional lead for the Advanced Training Skills Module in "Acute Gynaecology & Early Pregnancy" (Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists  RCOG). She has been awarded a PhD from Newcastle University in the role of proteins in early human embryo development and embryonic stem cells. Her main research interests are reproductive ethics and oocyte/embryo donation for research.

  • Biography

    Dr Choudhary was successfully appointed as a Consultant at Newcastle Fertility Centre in 2012 following completion of specialist training in reproductive medicine and surgery. 

  • Directorate

    Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    Newcastle Fertility Centre, International Centre for Life

  • Clinics Provided

    Ovulation induction

    In vitro fertilisation

    Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

    Embryo freezing

    Egg donation Treatment 

    Pre pregnancy advice

    Fertility preservation

    Young people's clinic

    Sperm, egg and embryo donation

  • Name of Secretary
    Toni McGarrigal
  • Meena Choudhary 

Mr Kevin McElenyConsultant Urologist/Andrologist

  • Consultant Urologist/Andrologist
  • Tel: 0191 213 8213
  • GMC Code:
  • Qualifications: BSc, BM, FRCS (Eng), FRCS (Ed), FRCS (Urol), PhD
  • Special Interests

    Mr McEleny main clinical interests include, treating and diagnosing men with fertility problems and as such he has set up a supra-regional Male Fertility service, which is based at the Newcastle Fertility Centre. His research interests include a range of Male Fertility issues and he is actively involved in male fertility training nationally.

  • Biography

    Mr McEleny has worked as a Consultant Urologist in Newcastle and Gateshead since 2009 and heads up the department's male factor clinic at the Newcastle Fertility Centre. After completing his medical training and a PhD at University College Dublin he continued his Urological training in the North East and Cumbria. 

  • Directorate

    Urology and Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    Newcastle Fertility Centre, International Centre for Life 

    Freeman

  • Clinics Provided

    Male Infertility

    Surgical sperm retrieval

  • Name of Secretary
    Toni McGarrigal
  • Kevin McEleny 

Dr Allyson MoorbySpecialty Doctor

  • Specialty Doctor
  • Tel: 0191 213 8213
  • GMC Code:
  • Qualifications: DFFP, DRCOG and MRCGP
  • Special Interests

    Dr Moorby joined the department in 1999 and now works as a Speciality Doctor. She is therefore a very experienced fertility doctor, working in the clinical setting, managing the whole spectrum of fertility problems. Her specific interests include involvement in the egg donation programme.

  • Biography

    Dr Moorby attended the University of Newcastle upon Tyne medical school qualifying in 1989. Initially, she completed the GP training scheme achieving the DFFP,DRCOG then MRCGP during the process. She was then given the opportunity to work in reproductive medicine in 1996 and has worked in the fertility unit in Newcastle ever since.

  • Directorate

     Women's Services

  • Hospital Base

    Newcastle Fertility Centre, International Centre for Life

  • Clinics Provided

    Ovulation induction

    In vitro fertilisation

    Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)

    Embryo freezing

    Sperm, egg and embryo donation

    Counselling

    Pre pregnancy advice

  • Alison Moorby 

Nursing staff

 

Sister Jan Dutton
  Sister Eilis Moody 
Sister Jan Dutton joined the Newcastle Fertility Centre in 1994 and was one of the original members of staff and now with Sister Moody they manage a team of twelve nurses. Before joining the centre her background was in Gynaecology and Midwifery. Over the past 19 years Sister Dutton prides herself on supporting countless couples on their fertility journey. She has now extended her clinical skills to oocyte retrieval, ultrasound scanning and embryo transfers. She has a special interest in fertility preservation.

  Sister Moody started her fertility nursing career at King’s College Hospital, London in 1994. She joined Newcastle Fertility Centre in 2002 to act as nurse manager and fertility nurse specialist. Eilis is one of the most highly qualified fertility nurses in the UK and was among the first group of nurses to extend her skills to include ultrasound scanning, egg retrievals and embryo transfers.  In 2006 she was awarded Infertility Nurse of the Year by the patient support group Infertility Network UK. With almost 20 years experience as a fertility nurse Eilis is passionate about helping patients to cope with their infertility and make the right decisions about their care.

Newcastle Fertility Centre nursing staff: (left to right) Danielle Robertson, Tanya Mitchell, Kayleigh Lennox, Alison Simpson, Jan Dutton, Carol Shaw, Maria Nesbitt, Gillian Redhead, Janet Barber, Jackie Owens, Eilis Moody, Gail Buirds, Lesely Roberts, Ruth Douthwaite and Kim Johnston.

 

Scientific and Laboratory Staff

Professor Mary Herbert is a Professor of Reproductive Biology with an Honorary Consultant Clinical Scientist post with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. She joined the department in 1991 and was the original embryologist. She now leads a team of clinical and research scientists working side-by-side in a programme of basic, translational and clinical science. With her team she aims to advance knowledge in the biology of germ cells and early embryos to improve the treatment and understanding of infertility, and extend the scope of reproductive technologies to prevent transmission of disease. You can find out more information about Professor Herbert.

Samantha Byerley is a Clinical Embryologist employed as the Fertility Clinic’s Laboratory Manager. She joined the department in 2004 and completed her training at Newcastle. She manages the team of 17 embryologists and technologists working in the laboratories. She is the secretary of the Executive Committee of the Association of Clinical Embryologists and is an editor of the quarterly publication The Embryologist.

Louise Hyslop is a Clinical Embryologist employed as the Laboratory Training and Development Manager. She joined Professor Mary Herberts research team in 2005 and moved to the team of clinical scientists in 2008 to complete her training.  She manages the clinical laboratory R&D programme and training programme for the team of embryologists, technologists and STP trainees.

 

Embryologist and technologists: (Back row: left to right) Louise Needham, Samantha Byerley, Alison Lamont, Zoe Brame, David Francis, Simon Cassley, Sharon Parker, Lynne Nowak. (Front row: left to right) Kathryn Rogers, Sarah Pace, Louise Hyslop, Danielle Mayhew, Emma Dunkley, Laura Irving, Ella Clapham.

(Back row: left to right) Louise Needham, Samantha Byerley, Alison Lamont, Zoe Brame, David Francis, Simon Cassley, Sharon Parker, Lynne Nowak. (Front row: left to right) Kathryn Rogers, Sarah Pace, Louise Hyslop, Danielle Mayhew, Emma Dunkley, Laura Irving, Ella Clapham.

 


Administration staff

Staff name  Staff role 
 Toni McGarrigal Senior Secretary 
 Joanne Ferguson Senior Secretary 
 Corinne Wafer Receptionist
 Margaret Dunn Receptionist
 Barbara Johnson Receptionist
 Aleksandra Kwiakowska Adminstration Officer
 Patricia Rogers Adminstration Assistant
 Kymbly Graham Data Entry Clerk
 Alison Thompson Adminstration Assistant

 

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