Medical Negligence

Seeking Justice and Legal Support for Women Affected by Homerton Fertility Centre’s Embryo Loss

March 11, 2024
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Fletchers Solicitors extends sympathy and assistance to women affected by a recent incident at Homerton Fertility Centre, where the loss of embryos has prompted the suspension of its operating license. The fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), has raised “significant concerns” regarding the clinic’s procedures, leading to the tragic loss of embryos for several patients.

Francesca Paul, Associate Solicitor in Fletchers Solicitors’ group action team, expresses compassion for those impacted, stating, “Our hearts go out to the women who have experienced the distressing loss of embryos at Homerton Fertility Centre. We understand the emotional toll this has taken on these individuals and their families. In such challenging times, it is essential to explore avenues for seeking justice and support. It can be a very stressful experience and, in some cases, women may now not be able to continue with IVF as a result”

The clinic has admitted to three separate incidents involving errors in freezing processes, resulting in the loss or undetectability of a small number of embryos. While the exact number of affected embryos remains unconfirmed, reports suggest that up to 150 embryos could be involved, affecting approximately 45 patients. It was reported on BBC News online on 09/03/2024 in their article ‘Homerton Fertility Centre’s licence suspended over ‘significant concerns’ One affected patient, identified as Rachel, shared her distressing experience with the BBC, highlighting the emotional and mental toll of discovering that her stored embryo could not be found on the day she was scheduled for the transfer.

Investigating issues at Homerton Fertility Clinic which led to the loss of embryos

The Metropolitan Police confirmed their attendance at the clinic following concerns raised by the Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Although no formal investigation is underway at this time, both the HFEA and the trust are conducting thorough investigations.

In response to the incident, the Homerton Fertility Centre has implemented measures to prevent a recurrence, including increased staff vigilance, competency rechecks, and enhanced security within the unit. The clinic continues to offer support to affected patients and is permitted to proceed with ongoing treatment cycles that have already commenced.

The HFEA’s decision to suspend the clinic’s operating license underscores the severity of the concerns. Peter Thompson, chief executive of the HFEA, emphasised the rarity of such actions and assured current patients that provisions have been made to allow them to complete their treatment if they wish to do so.

We have clients who have been affected by this and are looking at ways in which we can help and provide support to those affected. We would encourage any affected women to contact us and see how we can help. Francesca Paul asserts, “While we extend our deepest sympathy to those affected, it is crucial for these women to understand their rights and explore legal options to seek justice for the emotional and physical distress caused by this incident. There are many reasons why people go through this including those who could be at risk of becoming infertile as a result of other medical treatment. For these women it maybe too late to go through additional rounds of IVF ”

Free, confidential, no obligation legal consultation for those affected by the embryo losses at Homerton Hospital.

At Fletchers we deal with more cases of medical negligence than any other firm in the UK. We have a specialist team of lawyers who help people affected by negligent medical treatment and have a particular specialism dealing with groups of people affected by poor treatment. If you think we could help you free to contact us on 0330 013 0252 or request one of our team to call you back for a Free, No obligation chat.

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