News – Our Christmas Opening Times

Over Christmas and New Year we will have reduced opening hours:
Wednesday 24th December CLOSED
Thursday 25th December CLOSED
Friday 26th December CLOSED
Monday 29th December 9:00 – 18:00
Tuesday 30th December 9:00 – 18:00
Wednesday 31st December 9:00 – 14:00
Thursday 1st January 2015 CLOSED
Friday 2nd January 2015 CLOSED

Normal business resumes on Monday 5th January 2015.



News – Interview about IVF treatment

Praga Medica
Zdenek Dvorak, Managing Director at Praga Medica kindly gave a short interview about Gest IVF in Prague and also their about service to people travelling to Gest IVF clinic for IVF treatment.

1) Prague is a very popular place for IVF treatment for people from abroad. Why do you think that is?

Prague is a safe modern Central European city with a beautiful old town and rich history. Czech medical care is of the highest standards, making it a good place for the medical tourism in general. The Czech republic is well known in the world for quality IVF treatment and particularly for high success rates with anonymous egg and embryo donation.
There are IVF clinics all over the world, some cheaper than Prague clinics. However, Prague has many benefits that beat any other location: be it an ideal location in the heart of Europe, good public transport, modern facilities, high quality IVF treatment and UNESCO enlisted cultural heritage. Our clinic is just 20 min. drive from Prague International Airport and many UK patients say it is actually faster to get from their home to our clinic than to a clinic in central London.

2) Gest is a very established IVF clinic. Can you tell me a bit about what Gest offers people seeking IVF and egg donation? What makes it different from other IVF clinics?

Most of our patients (especially those from UK) appraise the friendly atmosphere and personal approach. The clinic is relatively small, but very efficiently run, so there are not the usual barriers between patients and doctors. Apart from the helpful doctors every international patient of PRAGA MEDICA has a personal assistant, adding a VIP feeling to his/her stay. As one of our patients said: “You always have enough information, you can always call someone and ask if necessary”. You are simply not treated as a number, but as a human being.
And, of course, we have reasonable prices, very good results and very short waiting times for egg and embryo donation.

3) What kind of support if offered to patients who travel from abroad?

GEST has an exclusive cooperation with a medical tourism facilitator PRAGA MEDICA. International patients can therefore enjoy extraordinary personal assistance, ranging from arranging their stay to psychological support during their treatment. We offer accommodation in our time-tested apartment houses and hotels, always close to the clinic and within walking distance from the beautiful city center. We are able to arrange your transportation in Prague as well as a wide range of tourist activities. Our drivers will pick you up at the airport day and night.

4) Would you always respect a couple’s wishes for a particular treatment, or would you suggest another treatment if it was more suitable in your opinion. For example a couple may want IVF using their own eggs but you may consider that egg quality may be too poor and that egg donation is best. How do you deal with this situation?

We respect patient’s wishes thus we usually agree with the treatment even in situations where the chances are lower. On the other hand patients are always explained what consequences their wishes may carry. We refuse patients who want illegal procedures such as PGD for gender selection or wishes that may result hazardous for the patient.
Your example with donor eggs is one of the more common cases. Some older patients simply do not want to hear that their chances can be as low as 1% using own eggs while they could have over 50% chance with donor eggs.

5) Which particular aspect of treatment do you consider to be the most important in order to have a successful outcome?

Patients should arrive relaxed as much as possible. We believe stress is a killer of success. For that reason we always spend a lot of time in advance preparing the patient for the arrival to our clinic. We advise patients to come over for 1 day personal consultation to meet the doctor, their personal assistant and to get familiar with the clinic and the city. Patients rest for 1 hour after the embryo transfer in our rest room and they are advised to relax in the hotel for 1 night before they fly back home. Although patients tend to shorten their stay as much as possible they should understand IVF cannot be done in a rush.

6) Are there any preparations that a couple should do before travelling abroad for IVF?

A crucial part of any preparations is to choose the right clinic. Patients should check references of the clinic and their doctors. They should make their decision after they have been answered all their questions and they have spoken to the representative of the clinic. This will give them a good picture of who they are dealing with.
Another important detail is to have all the recommended tests and examinations, such as hormonal profile, STD tests etc. However, if patients split their treatment in 2 shorter visits, these tests can be done abroad on the 1st visit, usually at much lower cost than at home.

7) Finally, Prague is beautiful, Is there somewhere you would recommend visiting in Prague not to be missed?

There are probably 1000 things to see. You could spend 2 weeks in Prague and still be entertained. I would definitely recommend a night walk from the 14th century St Vitus catedral to the Old town square. The views over 100 towers of the old town are spectacular. You will see the baroque buildings of Lesser Town, walk over the famous Charles bridge with its 30 statues, enjoy a breath-taking view of impressively lit Prague Castle before entering narrow lanes of the Prague Old town. It is especially poetic at night.

Thank you Zdenek.

by Caroline Phillips, Fertility Clinics Abroad

Trips to Prague surroundings – Trosky Castle

The towers of Trosky Castle are 1 hour drive from Prague. The ruins of this gothic castle are set in the beautiful landscape of north-east Bohemia called Cesky Raj (Bohemian Paradise).

The castle was built in the 14th century. There are two towers, the lower one of 47m called Baba and the higher one of 57m called Panna. The castle is accessible on foot. The entrance to the castle is aprx. 10 minutes walk from parking area.

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Trips to Prague surroundings – Dobris Chateau

If you are looking for a short trip to Prague surroundings, a visit to Dobris and its rococo chateau is a good tip. The chateau is easily accessible, has a wide mirror hall (220 square meters) and a well-kept French Park. Visitors can reach Dobris from Prague by car in 40 minutes. Great views on Vltava and Berounka river can be added to the itinerary for a full day trip to the hilly area of Brdy.

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Astigmatism might be the most misunderstood vision problem. Even the name is challenging to many people, who incorrectly call it “stigmatism.”

Like nearsightedness and farsightedness, astigmatism is a refractive error, meaning it is not an eye health problem; it simply is a problem with how the eye focuses light.

In an eye with astigmatism, light fails to come to a single focus on the retina to produce clear vision. Instead, multiple focus points occur, either in front of or behind the retina (or both).

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What to Expect from Cataract Surgery

Sometime after age 50, most of us are likely to hear our eye doctor say, “You have cataracts.”

A cataract is a clouding of the lens inside the eye, causing vision loss that cannot be corrected with glasses, contact lenses or corneal refractive surgery like LASIK.

As frightening as cataracts might sound, modern cataract surgery usually can restore vision lost to cataracts — and often can reduce your dependence on eyeglasses as well.

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After and before pictures available


I am pleased to announce that we have added a new functionality to our site. Many customers ask us for more before and after photos. Our web development team added a before/after surgery section to our procedure pages and we are now working on adding more before and after surgery photos. Check our Arm Lift procedure page with before and after photos.

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IVF Fertility Treatment page redesigned

We have successfully redesigned our IVF Fertility Treatment portal page providing you with more information about fertility treatment abroad and services provided by Praga Medica. The portal page can be accessed from Medical Treatments page or directly by typing

Flying to Prague

Flying to Prague for a medical treatment can’t be easier. Prague Airport is an international air hub servicing between 11 and 12 million passengers per year. It is connected with over 130 destinations worldwide by direct flights and there are approximately 50 airlines to choose from. Prague airport was voted the best Eastern European airport in 2008.

Prague airport Ruzyne is a modern airport located on the outskirts of Prague and approximately 17 km of the city centre. There are two spacious terminals with a wide range of restaurants, shops and kiosk along with many services available for the passengers. Buses, train bus shuttles and taxi service operate at the airport offering a clean, comfortable and speedy way to get you to your hotel, clinic or simply to the city centre. The travel time to the city centre is less than 30 minutes. Read more at

Boris Becker admits to having a facelift

“Boris Becker admits to having a facelift to maintain his fresh-faced look
The former Wimbledon champion made the revelation as he was interviewed by Daybreak’s sports presenter Dan Lobb on the show this morning.”

Yes, facelift is a common surgery today and many celebrities have it. However, the result does not depend on the money spent, but on the experience of the plastic surgeon. Our advice: “Boris, next time you should rather go to Prague”. Check the price and other details of Facelift at our Prague clinic.

Christmas markets in Prague now opened

Prague is now in the festive mood as the Christmas markets have been opened. They are located at Wenceslas and Old Town Square bringing you the authentic Christmas atmosphere of the ancient Prague.

Prague Christmas markets run daily from 9am to 7pm until 2nd of January. Food, drinks and wide choice of Czech handicrafts, wooden toys and Christmas ornaments are offered in brightly decorated wooden huts and kiosks. There is a beautiful Christmas tree at the Old Town Square. There will also be a number of concerts and cultural events throughout the festive period so don’t miss out on your opportunity to visit the very Prague Christmas markets.

There is an easy access to both spots by using the public transport. And there is no entrance fee :)

Prague among Top Medical Tourism Destinations

Whether visiting for medical reasons or otherwise, Prague tops the list as a travel destination. This world famous UNESCO city offers not only incredible sight-seeing and innumerable cultural events, but also top quality Laser Eye Surgery, Dentistry, Cosmetic surgery and non-elective surgery for unbeatable prices. One of the industrially developed countries of the world, Czech Republic is endowed with world class health care apparatus.

Facts for the Visitor

  • Prague is the capital and the biggest city in the Czech Republic with a population of just over 1.2 million. The Czech Republic is situated in central Europe, neighbouring Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland.
  • Prague is a very cosmopolitan city and many local people speak good English.
  • Prague Airport – one of the busiest and best connected airports in the region.
  • The country entered the E.U. in 2004

Prague – A Mecca for Medical Tourism

Prague is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations for medical tourism, This comes as no surprise given the fact that this beautiful city offers high quality treatment at very affordable prices.

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