In 2010, TVM Capital Healthcare co-developed the concept for BHI with Bourn Hall Clinic, UK, one of the world’s leading centers for infertility treatment. Today, BHI operates two clinics in the UAE, one in Dubai, one in Al Ain. The Bourn Hall India operations have been wound down and as a consequence the company in India is going through a formal liquidation/dissolution process.
In November 2018, Mediclinic Middle East, part of Mediclinic International, a private hospital group with three operating platforms in Southern Africa, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates, and a 29.9% shareholding in Spire Healthcare in the UK, acquired a minority stake in Bourn Hall International MENA Limited, the holding company for the Bourn Hall Fertility Centres in the UAE. The acquisition laid the foundation for a partnership focused on a long-term MENA-focused expansion in the field of Assisted Reproduction. In a first step, Bourn Hall International MENA Ltd. took over operations of Mediclinic Middle East’s existing IVF clinic located at Mediclinic Al Ain Hospital, and started operating under the Bourn Hall umbrella, effective November 1, 2018. As part of the transaction, Mediclinic Middle East is represented on the board of Bourn Hall International MENA Ltd.
BHI maintains Bourn Hall standards through a close working relationship with Bourn Hall Clinic in the UK. BHI in Dubai has 59 employees (including temporary, outsourced and part-time staff). BHI’s Fertility Centre in Dubai is certified by the Joint Commission International (JCI) healthcare accreditation standard, which covers environment, health and safety issues. The JCI accreditation requires monthly internal auditing.
The focus in 2019 will be to expand operations in the UAE.
During 2018, the process of replacing all equipment containing refrigerant R44 with non-ODS refrigerants to comply with environmental legislation has been finalized.
As part of an initiative to reduce plastic use, BHI has banned the use of plastic water bottles in the workplace and provided staff with reusable plastic bottles which resulted in a significant cost reduction for water purchases.
BHI conducted over the year more than 30 community events related to female and male fertility issues, promoting a healthy lifestyle to prevent infertility.