Our laboratory andrology service (specialising in men’s health) is located within the fertility unit.
Making an appointment
Testing must first be requested by a doctor (GP or fertility specialist). The patient then makes the appointment directly with the laboratory by telephone on 0115 924 9924 ext 62749.
For sperm storage, please make sure that you talk to a member of staff directly. Do not leave a message.
The laboratory is normally open 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays).
Out of hours work can also be provided for the hospital’s oncology service if sperm storage is required immediately and chemotherapy cannot be delayed.
Enquiries, including those of a sensitive nature, can be sent to the below email and will be picked up by a member of the team. Please expect a reply within 48-72 hours.
Tel: 0115 924 9924 Ext: 62749
Quality Manager/Donor Co-ordinator
Consultant Scientist/Head of Laboratory
Dr Mathew Tomlinson
Private andrology serivces
Unfortunately not everyone can access andrology services free of charge and through the NHS. Sometimes either patients do not meet the local criteria in order to be eligible for funding or sometimes not all tests or treatments are provided at all by the NHS.
Just about everything we offer can be obtained privately including:
- Semen Analysis (including computer assisted semen analysis)
- Post vasectomy testing
- Test wash procedure (trial sperm preparation)
- Sperm storage
- Sperm donation
- Donor sperm
For latest prices contact the laboratory
Sperm Toxicity Testing
In addition we offer other services which may be of use to other laboratories or healthcare companies who wish to have materials which may come into contact with sperm tested, to ensure that they are not toxic to sperm and affect either their motility or viability. This is now mandatory for regulated laboratories and required for HFEA licensing and accredtation and may include:
- Sperm collection containers or collection condoms
- Preparation (centrifuge) tubes
- Pipettes/pipette tips
- Luricant gel
- Culture media
We use more sensitive (quantitative) measures of sperm motility and velocity in line with latest ABA guidelines to ensure that and small yet significant negative effect on sperm function is detected. Video clips of sperm can be provided as ‘hard copy’ evidence.For an up to date price or quote please contact the laboratory:
Andrology in Nottingham
Nottingham has a long standing history in and reputation for of developing andrology services.
Back in the 1970s it was Dr Anne Jequier who was largely responsible for the establishment of one of the first specialist Andrology services in the UK at the Nottingham City Hospital. With her input and significant contributions from Dr Jane Johnson and Joan Crich from the Pathology service, Nottingham became one of the first sperm banking services in the UK, first established for patients preserving their fertility before undergoing cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
This led to the establishment of a thriving sperm donor bank which thrived on a semi-commercial basis until the late 1990s when sperm donation numbers dwindled due largely to uncertainty surrounding the changes in law on anonymity and the donor’s legal obligations toward the children born as a result of their donations.
Since then, the andrology service has moved into the QMC, which has continued to provide generous support. Recent milestones include:
- Establishment of a Quality Management System (QMS) and accreditation
- Re-establishment of the sperm donor bank in 2007
- Expansion of the sperm bank with purchase of automated bulk nitrogen vapour refrigerators
- Development of a computer assisted sperm analyser (now called SAMi™) which has greatly improved the reliability, reproducibility and efficiency of all our sperm testing
- Relocation (planned Spring) 2019 with further support from NUH to expand services
- Continued success with artificial insemination treatment program using either donor or partner sperm.
In amongst these achievements, the andrology service has improved links with the University of Nottingham (School of Human Development) and provides educational input to its MSc in ART (assisted Reproductive Technologies).
The Head of Andrology is a co-founder of a professional body for professionals in the field, the ABA and continues to publish on a number of areas of the laboratory service with a recent emphasis on the risks associated with cryopreservation and continues to provide education and training at a national level.