Laboratory support for fertility

Our laboratory andrology service deals with all things related to male fertility and in particular its diagnosis, preservation and treatment. We are located within the fertility unit in East Block B floor of the QMC campus.

Our diagnostic service provides:

  • Diagnostic semen analysis - as part of a routine infertility investigations

  • Post vasectomy semen analysis (PVSA) to check the success of the vasectomy operation

Our sperm bank cryopreserves and stores sperm from men:

  • Before chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy for cancer or other chronic conditions

  • Before surgery - particularly to the genital or urinary tract and including vasectomy

  • Before assisted conception for those men who find it difficult to provide a specimen to order for storage or who cannot be present during treatment or
  • As part of a surrogacy arrangement
  • As part of the sperm donation process

Our other services include:

Contact details

Andrology Laboratory
Fertility Unit
East Block B floor
Nottingham University Hospital (Queen's Campus)
Derby Rd

Karen Pooley - senior andrologist/donor co-ordinator

Tracey Kohut  - andrologist/sperm banking co-ordinator

Tom Newton - andrologist

Dr Mathew Tomlinson - consultant scientist/head of laboratory


East Block, B Floor Nottingham University Hospital (Queens Campus) Derby Rd, Nottingham. NG7 2UH.    Tel 0115 9249924 ext 62749  Fax 0115 9194497

Getting here

By car, bus or tram, follow this link


NHS appointments

Semen analysis/post vasectomy analysis/test wash - Testing must first be requested by a doctor (GP or fertility specialist) using our own request card. 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.

Private patients

Patients may refer themselves for test but must pay for the result and for any following consultation.

Available times

The laboratory is normally open 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays).

Out of hours work is normally only performed for the oncology service if sperm storage is required immediately and chemotherapy cannot be delayed.

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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