Accessing our service

The referral pathway for fertility treatment on the NHS and Private. A summary of any investigations and tests that may be need before being seen in the fertiltiy clinic. Information if also provided on the funding of treatment both NHS funded and Privately funded for self pay and insurance patients

NHS funded referrals

If you are having trouble conceiving, you can ask your GP to refer you to the Fertility Clinic in Gynaecology Outpatients at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.  Your GP can book you into this appointment through Choose and Book or by letter, urgent referrals can also be made by fax. At this appointment baseline investigations will be arranged for both male and female partners. Following the results of these tests, a care plan will be determined and, if appropriate, you may be referred to the Assisted Conception Unit.

Private referrals

The Assisted Conception Unit prides itself on its ability to assist couples who have had unsuccessful IVF attempts at other providers and we operate an open referral criteria for private patients to enable us to help couples with complex fertility issues. To make a private appointment with the Assisted Conception Unit you can complete our self-referral form available here and email it to acu@chelwest.nhs.uk.

At your first appointment baseline investigations will be arranged for both male and female partners.

Following the results of these tests, a care plan will be determined and, if appropriate, you may be referred to the Assisted Conception Unit.

Please note payment for all treatment must be made when calling to commence your cycle or your treatment may be cancelled.

Eligibility

The Assisted Conception Unit believes in treating all patients who have a reasonable chance of fertility success, therefore in order to be eligible for treatment in the Assisted Conception Unit, you must fulfil the following criteria:

  • The female partner must be less than 46-years-old by the time that treatment is carried out
  • The female partner should have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 35kg/m2
  • A ‘Welfare of the Child’ assessment must be carried out

Funding

When it comes to paying for fertility treatment, there are 2 options:

  • You may be eligible for funding from the NHS
  • If you are not eligible for funding from the NHS, you can elect to be seen as a private patient at the Assisted Conception Unit.

NHS-funded treatment

If eligible, NHS funding can cover the costs of assisted conception treatment.   If you are hoping to have fertility treatment on the NHS you will need a referral from your GP to the Fertility Clinic in Gynaecology Outpatients.

You can choose to be referred to this clinic at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital wherever you live—you do not need to live locally.

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has published a guideline on fertility treatment which covers what levels of funding should be available throughout England.

For more detailed information, please visit www.nice.org.uk.

Decision-making on the amount of funding available for assisted conception treatment is made at a local level by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and CCGs across England have different eligibility criteria for access to funding which can include limits on a patient’s Body Mass Index (BMI), whether or not couples already have children, and the number of previous fertility treatment cycles.

In order to know whether you are able to access NHS funding in England contact your local CCG, speak to your GP, or contact the National Infertility Awareness Campaign (NIAC) via email at .

You can find contact details for your local CCG in your local telephone directory or by visiting www.nhs.uk.

If you are eligible for NHS funded treatment, you will still have to pay normal prescription charges for your fertility drugs (unless you are exempt from paying prescription charges), and you may choose to pay for additional services to enhance your chances of conception such as additional storage of embryos or new fertility techniques which are not yet funded by the NHS. 

Costs for private fertility treatment

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