The Referral Process
All patients are entitled to NHS funded fertility investigations. Restrictions to funding only apply to treatment.
If you have been trying to achieve a pregnancy for a year and have not been successful, you should request basic investigations by your GP:
Male – a semen evaluation
Female– Prolactin, Day 21 progesterone, Serum Rubella, Hepatitis C antibody, Hepatitis B core antibody, Hepatitis B surface antigen, and Chlamydia antibodies, an up to date cervical smear (result and date of smear required).
If you have a specific known problem causing subfertility, you do not have to wait to have been trying for a specific length of time and can be referred to see a hospital consultant straight away.
All patients with fertility problems should have primary care investigations carried out by their GP, then referred to the subfertility service.
The decision as to whether or not patients can access funding for assisted conception services is made at the subfertility clinic.
Should you wish to make a private appointment to see one of our fertility specialists at the IVF Unit to try and speed up the process, you can do this and this would not alter your entitlement to NHS funded treatment, as long as you meet your Clinical Commissioning Group’s specified criteria.
For further information regarding the self-funded patient journey please see: Self-Funded
Page Last Modified: 4th December 2019