Welcome to the Ocean Suite, South West Centre for Reproductive Medicine

Image of baby The South West Centre for Reproductive Medicine (SWCRM) located at the Ocean Suite, Derriford Hospital, is a state-of-the-art fertility centre which provides the highest quality treatment and care whilst understanding the anxieties and concerns of the patient.

A full range of treatments and investigations 

SWCRM is based in a purpose built unit within Derriford Hospital, Plymouth; we have been providing a full range of investigations and treatments for patients experiencing infertility in the South West since being established in 1998. With our purpose built facilities and highly experienced team, we have helped hundreds of patients throughout Devon and Cornwall and beyond.

"Helpful, sympathetic and understanding staff. All qualities which are combined with a real professionalism"

Good Success Rates

We have a proven track record with consistently good IVF success rates making us one of the best units in the South West and the most successful in Devon (based on HFEA published data). 

"We believe our service was as good as it gets! SIMPLY BRILLIANT" (2019)

Professional and Caring Team

We strive to offer a caring and sensitive approach within a dedicated and experienced team who appreciate the nature and problems of infertility, both physical and emotional.

"It is the really friendly team that made this journey better for us, putting us at ease and providing comprehensive information to reassure us and keep us fully informed. " (2019)


Notice for Patients - Change of Provider

Derriford Hospital will cease to provide IVF services from spring 2020. The treatments currently provided at Derriford, including access to NHS treatment, will continue to be provided locally. Commissioners at Devon CCG, are working right now on a competitive bidding process to secure a new provider.

In the meantime:

  • Patients currently undergoing an IVF treatment cycle at Derriford Hospital will not be affected.   Your treatment will continue as planned.
  • Patients waiting for treatment, please be assured GPs are being asked to refer as normal. Your referral will be processed and care provided either at Derriford or by a new provider when services transfer.  We will work to minimise any disruption and maintain the service as normal.
  • Patients with eggs, sperm and embryos stored with us can be reassured, they will continue to be safely stored until a new provider is found, when they will be safely transferred, under specialist conditions. Cryopreserved gametes (sperm and eggs) and embryos are routinely stored in large tanks of liquid nitrogen called dewars.  Many patients samples can be held in each dewar.  The liquid nitrogen keeps the samples frozen at around -190 degrees Celsius and the dewars are alarmed and monitored. We will transfer all of the gametes and embryos currently stored to the new location by moving all of the dewars under strict conditions.   This is the safest method as it means that all samples will remain in liquid nitrogen during transit.

As soon as a new provider is found, we will write to all patients with the details, including the exact dates of when services will transfer.

If you have any further questions, please contact 01752 437925.


Frank O’Friel

Care Group Manager for Women’s and Children’s Services

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