Princess Anne fertility service given go ahead to treat NHS patients

The Complete Fertility Centre based at Princess Anne Hospital is now able to offer couples who live in the south central catchment area one NHS funded cycle of IVF or ICSI. This includes ovulation induction, egg retrieval, fertilisation and implantation, and appropriate diagnostic tests, scans and pharmacological therapy.

Professor Macklon, consultant in obstetric gynaecology at UHS and medical director at Complete Fertility, said: “It is great news that patients living in the neighbouring community can now benefit from NHS funded treatments. The centre offers a wide range of services that will now be available to many more people who are struggling to conceive.”

The freezing and storage of viable embryos from NHS funded IVF will also be funded for up to three years, or until the female partner turns 40 if this is sooner, so that couples have the option to use stored embryos at a later stage.

Sperm storage will be funded for post-pubertal males under the age of 55 years who are about to undergo medical treatment which is likely to result in long term sub-fertility.

These services are in addition to the fertility investigations and diagnostics available at Complete Fertility Centre, which are already NHS funded.

NHS fertility treatment is available to non-smoking couples who have been trying for a baby for at least three years and where the woman is between the age of 30 and 34 years and has a BMI of between 19 and 29 for a period of six months before treatment.

Couples outside this catchment area may still be eligible for NHS funded treatment at Complete Fertility and should contact the centre for more details.

For more information, please contact Complete Fertility on 023 8120 6980 or fertility@uhs.nhs.uk or visit www.completefertility.co.uk

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