This time in my UK clinic visit tour, I was at the seaside and actually in another of my former stomping grounds – Brighton, well Hove Actually ( as the locals say) to visit The Agora Gynaecology & Fertility Centre in Hove, East Sussex,specialises in diagnosing and treating the causes of infertility, offering bespoke fertility services to both NHS and privately funded patients. The clinic is about a 5 minute walk from Hove station and as you can see is hard to miss.

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The Agora Clinic

I spoke with Carol Gilling Smith, Medical Director and founder of the clinic who shared her passion for the care she provides and her pride in her bespoke service for the diverse community of Brighton and Hove. Also her work on fertility prevention for cancer patients. I also spoke with Mel Callister, Clinical Nurse Manager with her infectious smile and especially proud of the work she does.

A bit about me, if this is your first listen and viewing of The Fertility Podcast, I’m Natalie your host and I had successful treatment in 2014. You can read more about me here. For now all you need to know, is I’ve been working with Access Fertility  who work with clinics around the UK, offering finance plans for you if you have to self fund your treatment. What I am doing is giving you an insight in the clinic, as someone who has been through treatment, to hopefully help you with your decision. Finding out you need to have fertility treatment is massive, it’s overwhelming. So when it comes to choosing a clinic it can feel like another stress, will it be the best place for you? The HFEA have just relaunched their website ( in beta version) which you can view here  that’s what we did. If there had a been a podcast about the different clinics and what they are like, when we had to choose I would definitely have listened to it. The world of fertility is fascinating and the people in it are truly remarkable.  I hope you find this clinic visit useful and as interesting as I did.

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