After 2 failed disasterous IVF attempts in the UK, I spent the whole of the summer 2015 researching clinics abroad. I had a shortlist of clinics who I had initial contact with, but when I had a Skype call with Chrysa and Dr Dovas, my mind was made up immediately (and I am a tough cookie to please!). As a scientist by profession, I research to the finite detail, and Newlife ticked all the boxes. I thought that by living in Scotland it would be difficult to travel to, but the whole process of cycling at Newlife was effortless. Chrysa, who is one of the embryologists and international co-coordinator, is the direct contact for foreign patients and is absolutely fantastic. Nothing is ever a problem, and she responds to any query (and I had many), in an informative and calming manner. You feel like you have made a friend once you meet her. Dr Dovas was my consultant, and the quality and continuity of care is outstanding. Dr Dovas performed every scan, eeg collection and transfer and his knowledge and kind manner is outstanding. The clinic itself is immaculate, modern and inviting. All the staff are amazing and I felt so cared for. Even my husband who is a man of few words was taken away by how fantastic they all were. On the day of departure I was actually sad to leave the clinic as you feel like you have made friends with the team- they are not just a fertility clinic. They have so much passion for what they do and it shows in all aspects of their care. The receptionist was so lovely too, and knew my name straight away on arrival. Thessaloniki itself is a beautiful city and I simply made cycling over there a holiday.
As a result, I am now 6 weeks pregnant due to their care! I was a problem case in the UK, but not at Newlife. Even to this day, the aftercare is fantastic and you are not simply a number. I still have regular contact with the clinic and I hope to go back with my little one (or ones!) in the future as the clinic will always have a special place in my heart.