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NHS fertility treatment referral process

Your NHS GP or consultant can refer you to us if the NHS is covering your cost of treatment. Everyone who comes to TFP Fertility UK receives the same expert care and support, ensuring the very best fertility experience for them.

This page will tell you how to get an NHS fertility referral. If you’re not sure, please get in touch. There are many ways to fund fertility treatment and we’re happy to help.

If you’re not an NHS patient and are self-funding your treatment, you can contact us directly to book an appointment.

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Am I eligible for NHS fertility treatment?

Some fertility treatment is funded on the NHS. This is decided by NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

They have recommendations about who should receive NHS-funded treatment for fertility. It’s also summarised here.

NHS referral criteria

Women under 40 should be offered three rounds of NHS-funded IVF treatment if:

  • They’ve not conceived for two or more years of trying

  • They’ve had 12 or more cycles of artificial insemination with at least six of those using intrauterine insemination (IUI)

Women aged 40-42 years should be offered one round of NHS-funded IVF treatment if:

  • They’ve not conceived after two years

  • They’ve have had at least 12 cycles of artificial insemination

They must also

  • never have had IVF treatment

  • show no evidence of low ovarian reserve

  • understand the implications of IVF and pregnancy at their age

Same-sex couples can also access NHS funding for intrauterine insemination (IUI), IVF or both.

There may also be some differences from one area of the UK to the next. These include being a healthy weight, not smoking or falling into a certain age range. These apply to all groups.

The availability of IVF in your area is decided by each local Integrated Care Board (ICB).

You can ask your GP or contact your local ICB for more information

Speak to us today

Speak to us today

If you have any questions about how to get a referral or to book an appointment at your local TFP Fertility clinic, please use our contact form and we’ll call you back. Getting started can be a confusing and stressful time but we’re here to make it as easy as possible for you, anyway we can.

Your referral and next steps

Find a clinic

If you meet the NHS funding criteria, your GP will provide a list of the clinics available for referral which have been approved by your local ICB.

You can choose your local TFP Fertility UK clinic if it’s on the list and your GP can refer you.   We have a list of our clinics here. Many of these have satellite clinics that might be closer to where you live.

If you’re not sure, please get in touch, we’re happy to help.

Get a referral letter

Your GP will write you a referral letter. This should be addressed to the Consultant Team at your preferred clinic.

If possible, the letter should include any of this information if you have it:

  • Basic hormone profile blood tests

  • Your medical and surgical history

  • A semen analysis result

What happens next?

Our fertility specialists will review your referral to check that you’re eligible for NHS-funded treatment. If they have any questions, we’ll let you know.

Our Patient Support team will then be in touch to arrange an appointment.

How long does a fertility referral take?

We understand how eager you are to get things moving so we’ll always get back to you as quickly as we can.

If we don’t think you can have NHS-funded treatment, we’ll explain this to you and discuss other options that may be available at TFP Fertility. This can be frustrating and disappointing, but it doesn’t mean your fertility journey has to end here.


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