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Assisted Reproduction Unit (ARU), University Hospital of Hartlepool

Assisted Reproduction Unit (ARU), University Hospital of Hartlepool has been licensed by us since 1992, and is a storage only centre.

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We inspect all clinics against our standards. This clinic's inspection rating is:

Overall score for 5

5 / 5

All clinics must have a licence to operate. Our inspectors visit the clinic and look at the laboratory and equipment, the clinic’s consent and other procedures and the patient information. We also interview patients for their views. We use the inspector’s assessment to decide how long the licence should be. This determines the rating.

Last inspection: 10 October 2019

Licensed until: 28 February 2023

We collect data about the treatments clinics carry out. See this clinic’s latest statistics below.

Find out this clinic’s IVF/ICSI rates for births per embryo transferred, births per egg collection and multiple births. For greater detail on clinic performance see their detailed statistics below for both pregnancy and birth rates per cycle of treatment and per embryo transferred.

Remember, whatever measure you focus on it can’t tell you your individual measure of success (only your doctor can do that), but each measure does give you a fair overall view of the clinic’s performance.

We present births per embryo transferred as it promotes embryo transfer practices that minimises the chances of twins, which carry health risks for the babies and the mother. However, this measure does not incorporate the outcomes of patients who do not reach embryo transfer stage.

This rate shows the chance of success from all the fresh and frozen embryo transfers within two years of one egg collection. Whilst births per embryo gives you an indication of success rates for just one embryo transfer, births per egg collection gives an overall picture of success rates for a full course of treatment (which can include one fresh and a number of frozen transfers). 

For some people, having twins may seem like a wonderful thing, but multiple pregnancies are less safe for both mother and babies. That’s why we’ve set a target for all clinics to have a multiple birth rate of 10% or lower – see how they’re performing below. The professional bodies have  best practice guidelines to assist clinics in determining when a single embryo should be transferred and the factors which can make double embryo transfer appropriate.

National rate

It may be tempting to obsess over success rates, but the most important thing to focus on is whether the clinic’s results are consistent with the national average. Try not to read anything into differences of few percentage points, as these are often down to chance rather than being a reflection of a clinic’s abilities. 

Reliability range

The reliability range shows how confident we are that a clinic will repeat its success rate in the future – the narrower the range, the more confident we can be. Large clinics normally have a narrower reliability range. That’s not because their data is more accurate but because their rate is less likely to be affected by small changes in the number of births in one year. Small clinics aren’t worse but their success rate is more likely to be affected by these kinds of changes.


Births per embryo transferred

01/01/2018 to 31/12/2018

5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90 95 100
  • Clinic's rate
  • National rate
  • Reliability range

Consistent with national average Information: Taking into account the number of embryos in the calculation, this shows whether the clinic’s rate is below, consistent with or above the rate for all clinics across the UK. Small differences between clinics’ rates often do not reflect any real difference in performance.

The birth rate is based on

** The number is fewer than 10 so has been removed to avoid the risk of identifying patients.

Detailed Statistics

Many patients would like more information on the overall performance of the clinic they are interested in. Our detailed statistics page allows you to tailor your search to better reflect your personal circumstances, but remember the more precisely you specify your treatment options the smaller the numbers of past patients and the potentially less reliable the results.

Our detailed statistics allows you to search for more age groups and to look at pregnancy and birth rates by two measures: birth per cycle started and births per embryo transferred.

There are many reasons why patients may not reach the embryo transfer stage and the merit of this rate is that it reflects the outcomes for all patients undergoing treatment from the start of ovarian stimulation onwards.

You can view this clinic's waiting times for treatment with donated eggs, sperm or embryos below. Use the table below to give you an idea of the availability at the clinic. Please contact the clinic for the most up to date information.
View the clinic waiting times.
Ethnicity Waiting times
White No data available
Black No data available
Asian No data available
Mixed No data available
Other ethnic groups No data available
View the clinic waiting times.
Ethnicity Waiting times
White No data available
Black No data available
Asian No data available
Mixed No data available
Other ethnic groups No data available
View the clinic waiting times.
Ethnicity Waiting times
White No data available
Black No data available
Asian No data available
Mixed No data available
Other ethnic groups No data available

Counselling and support


  • Female doctor available
  • One physician throughout treatment


  • Wheelchair access
  • Parking
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  • University Hospital of Hartlepool
  • North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Trust Holdforth Road
  • Hartlepool
  • Cleveland
  • TS24 9AH


P: 01429 522 866

P (other): 01429 522 855 Clinic PA Fiona Newsome

F: 01429 522 737


Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 09:00 - 17:00

Saturday: contact the clinic

Sunday: contact the clinic