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New South West London IVF policy means service reinstated in Croydon

New South West London IVF policy means service reinstated in Croydon

Croydon residents are set to be able to access IVF services following a decision by the six Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in South West London today (Thursday, 5 March 2020).

The CCGs met to agree a new single policy for assisted conception treatment and fertility preservation which increases access and equity to NHS-funded IVF and fertility preservation across the region.

The policy, which will come into force on 1 April 2020 when the organisations merge, means the new South West London CCG will consistently offer one cycle of IVF for women up to the age to 42, and no longer require both partners to be childless.

Dr Andrew Murray, Designate Chair of the new South West London CCG and a GP in Merton, said: “In bringing our CCGs together we’ve been able to develop a new policy which will help more women with fertility issues to have babies. It is important to us that we’re offering a fair and consistent service across all our six boroughs and our clinically-led approach has ensured we are better reflecting people’s needs.”

GPs and specialists across South West London came together to recommend the changes to the policy, which include:

For Croydon – re-instatement of routine access to IVF
Women aged up to the age of 42 would qualify for IVF across all boroughs, previously 39 for some of our boroughs
Shortening the length of time women aged 36 years or over need to have been unsuccessfully trying to conceive before they quality for referral for fertility investigations, 6 months, rather than 12 months for younger women
Couples where one partner has children from a previous relationship would qualify for NHS funded fertility treatment, whereas previously childlessness from both partners would be a requirement
Fertility preservation including freezing eggs and sperm for those undergoing NHS gender reassignment or any treatment or condition which might cause infertility, where current policies only make routine provision for those undergoing treatment for cancerThis is great news for men requiring sperm retrieval in the area as well as patients with Klinefelter Syndrome and other diseases that cause infertility. The Androfertility Clinic will continue to support patients who fall outside the criteria for sperm retrieval & freezing.

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NHS North East Essex CCG Agrees to Reinstate IVF Funding

NHS North East Essex CCG Agrees to Reinstate IVF Funding

The Governing Body of North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has today agreed to reinstate IVF provision across Colchester and Tendring.

The decision means two cycles of IVF treatment will be available to patients aged 23 to 40, and one cycle of IVF treatment to those aged 40 – 42, in north east Essex, who meet the necessary criteria from 1 April 1 2020.*

Today’s announcement brings the number of cycles offered in north east Essex in line with the Suffolk threshold.

Dr Hasan Chowhan, Chairman of North East Essex CCG, said: “I am pleased that the CCG is now in a position to reinstate this policy.

“However, I also appreciate and acknowledge the emotional strain and heartache this would have caused many couples across north east Essex since the restriction was introduced in 2015.

“Implementing this policy at that time was an extremely difficult decision for myself and my board colleagues but we did so to ensure our limited resource was put to the best possible use to the majority of people.”

Dr Chowhan added: “Back in 2015, we did promise we would review the restriction at regular intervals.

“We have kept to our word and after now achieving a healthier financial position, we are able to reinstate this service for people who meet the clinical criteria.”

Healthwatch Essex has agreed to support the CCG to reinstate this policy and to help clinicians and commissioners to inform the people they serve. It remains to be seen whether microTESE and other male fertility procedures will be offered and funded for men with non-obstructive azoospermia. The Androfertility Clinic remains open for patients requiring the microTESE procedure when fertility procedures resume.For more updates follow us on here.

*Eligibility criteria is:

Age 23 years or more and less than 40 years:

will be eligible for up to TWO full cycles (for women who have undergone no previous cycles of IVF, or have self-funded one previous cycle of IVF); or ONE full cycle (for women who have self-funded two previous cycles of IVF). If the woman reaches the age of 40 years during treatment, the current cycle will be completed, but no further cycles will be offered.

Age 40 years to 42 years:

will be eligible for ONE full cycle providing the woman has never previously had IVF treatment

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Storage limit for frozen eggs, sperm and embryos extended during coronavirus outbreak

Storage limit for frozen eggs, sperm and embryos extended during coronavirus outbreak

In recognition of the potential impact that the COVID-19 pandemic may have on those wishing to start a family, the Government has today confirmed that the current 10-year storage limit for embryos and gametes will be extended by two years.

HFEA Chair, Sally Cheshire, said:

“We welcome today’s announcement from the DHSC. We have been working together to ensure those patients who have stored sperm, eggs or embryos that are reaching the 10-year storage limit are not penalised by the current suspension of fertility treatment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We know this is a difficult and distressing time for all patients, so this decision brings good news for those who are reaching the 10-year storage limit. It provides them with some much-needed reassurance and most importantly gives more time to try for their much longed for family.”

HFEA will be issuing new guidance to fertility clinics in the UK to support them in implementing the new storage limit extension.

Read the full statement from the Department of Health and Social Care here.

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Phone Clinic Slots Increased

Phone Clinic Slots Increased

As the HFEA have now issued their CoVID guidance allowing the resumption of fertility treatments, The Androfertility Clinic has opened more phone slots for our patients. Please email mary.mcfeeley@hcahealthcare.co.uk or call 02070345089 . Face to face consults remain on hold until further notice, although we will continue to update on this here as soon as we receive clearance to do so.

Keep safe and stay safe (& alert).

All the best,

Mr Yap & The Androfertility Clinicv