IVF funding reinstated

NHS South West Essex has reinstated funding for IVF, following its suspension in autumn 2010 as part of the primary care trust’s turnaround plans.

Having closed the 2010/11 year in financial balance, the primary care trust reinstated funding for IVF from the beginning of the new financial year on 1 April 2011.

It means that patients who are eligible under the East of England Specialist Commissioning Group criteria will now be able to access up to three cycles of IVF/ICSI (Intracytoplasmic sperm injection treatment) from designated fertility units.

NHS South West Essex has contacted patients effected by the earlier suspension to notify them of the change and advised them to make contact with their clinic to discuss their continued treatment.

All new patients should discuss their circumstances with their own GP.

For details about the East of England Specialist Commissioning Group fertility services and policy, www.eoescg.nhs.uk/Services/Fertility_Services

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