- London, UK
- Define a structured and controlled computational simulation model for lab processes to adhere to physiological time constraints
Achievements with Simul8
Simulated patient arrivals at the clinic in a realistic manner, ensuring sufficient resources for required tasks
Applied labeling system for patients and samples in the fertility unit, enhancing treatment pathways and clinic overview
Successful use of retrospective data to predict and test strategies related to staff availability and workload impact on time-sensitive procedures
About the project
Established in 1991 and located in Central London, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust’s Assisted Conception Unit (ACU) is one of the leading innovators in fertility treatment and In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Clinics across the UK now use techniques developed by Guy’s and St Thomas’.
In recent years, Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) has emerged as a pivotal technique in IVF, providing hope for individuals and couples striving to overcome infertility challenges. In 2019, just under 53,000 patients had 69,000 fresh and frozen IVF cycles at Human Fertilization & Embryology Authority (HFEA) licensed clinics in the UK.
However, IVF involves time-consuming processes that rely on the extensive manual input of embryologists. The fertility team at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital recognized this and wanted to explore ways to maximize the efficiency of their resources to increase capacity, reduce waiting times and deliver the highest standard of care for patients.
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust secured funding from Health Education England via the National School of Healthcare Science and approached Simul8 to help create a simulation model that could address the pain points of current lab processes.