If you decide to go ahead with DNA testing in the hope of making contact with a donor, offspring or donor-conceived half sibling, you’re likely to go through many different emotions: anxiety, curiosity and excitement may all play a part.

Your feelings may change and perhaps become more intense after you have received the outcome of your DNA testing and it is important to bear in mind the implications of not finding, as well as finding, a link.

Here at the Donor Conceived Register we are able to offer you support from our team of counsellors as well as having access to valuable resources such as the Registrants Panel who run a closed Facebook group and provide newsletters.

We strongly encourage you to take advantage of our confidential counselling service (2 sessions are free and costed at £25 thereafter) which gives you the chance to talk things through in a way, and at a time, to suit you. This service is available at any time during your process. Please see further information on implications on what may discussed on How to Register.

Attend Anywhere 

“Attend Anywhere collaborates with clinicians, hospitals and health systems, helping to offer patient video call access as a normal part of day-to-day operations.

For video call attendance to be a standard, everyday option, it must be painless for clinicians, no extra work for administrators, and simple for patients.

The goal is to mimic, as close as possible, the way things work today, without extra processes or resources.”

Liverpool Women's Hospital now offers the virtual clinic option for patients who engage with The Hewitt Fertility Centre counselling team.

The Trust is taking part in a national pilot study through NHS England along with over 40 other hospitals across the country. As part of this the Trust will be contributing to an online community of other NHS staff, allowing us to learn from each other and to enhance our services to the best of our abilities.

If you choose to utilise virtual clinics throughout your treatment, we would love to hear about your experiences and any suggestions for improvements. We can then share our findings with others.

If you wish to learn more about the service, please contact the counselling team to discuss your options.

Contact Information: Patricia Lambert – DCR Counselling Lead - Telephone: 0151 702 4339 or Email: donorconceivedregister@lwh.nhs.uk