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Digital Subscriptions > Fertility Road Magazine UK Edition > Issue 29 November/December 2015 > BEHIND THE SCENES… AT A SPERM BANK


Fertility Road is granted privileged access to the UK’s National Sperm Bank, situated at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. Spending a day with the staff, we look into how this major operation does its job.


The first member of staff arrives for work at the National Sperm Bank. The sperm bank is open 24 hours a day, but Maureen, the outreach and admin assistant, is the first of the team to start work in the morning. Maureen checks the emails for any new enquiries from men who are interested in donating or finding out more about what is involved in being a donor, and for any test results or doctors’ letters that may have been sent in for newly accepted donors.


Rachel Jennings, the National Sperm Bank’s healthcare science practitioner arrives. She checks in with Maureen, who updates her on emails. Rachel gets changed into her ‘blues’ (the blue top and trousers that she wears when she is working) and prints a clinic list so the receptionists know who is expected later that day.


The first donor who is booked for screening is due to arrive. Most donors or potential donors are employed and want to book their appointments so that they can attend on their way to or from work. This is not like a standard hospital appointment which you would fit in around your work; the donors are helping the National Sperm Bank so the staff aim to be flexible and to fit appointments around the donors’ availability as far as they can.

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About Fertility Road Magazine UK Edition

Welcome to the new issue of Fertility Road, and one that brings to a close another year. We hope, for you, it has been a journey towards positives, an expansion of ideas and a gathering of reasons that will see you move forward with optimism. Perhaps the days, weeks and months that follow will see you fulfil your dreams; you might even be in the position to inspire and encourage others. Whatever the case and wherever you are along the road, we hope you have a fantastic final couple of months of the year, and a relaxing festive break.