If you’re considering IVF, check your local Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) funding policies to see whether you qualify for NHS funding to pay for your treatment.
1. Checking your local CCG policy
You can check your local CCG policy at Fertility Fairness, run by the charity which campaigns for fertility in the UK
2. Booking a GP appointment
When you visit your GP, you can confirm all the NHS funding criteria and whether your situation aligns with it. You may also want to ask questions like:
- How long does it take to refer me to a specialist?
In some regions, it takes more than six months to start IVF treatment with the NHS.
- What tests can be done at my GP surgery before seeing a specialist?
Most GP surgeries can arrange blood tests – but semen analysis and scans will have to be arranged separately either with a local fertility clinic or hospital.
- Can I switch from private to NHS-funded treatment?
Some patients find NHS waiting times too long and decide to have the first cycle with a private clinic while they’re waiting. If they have a failed cycle and would like to try to return to NHS treatment, they may no longer qualify.
If you’re a single woman and you’re looking for a sperm donor, you need to check with your GP if the NHS will fund this.
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