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Eligible for NHS fertility treatment? Transfer to Us

NHS IVF transfer to private

Did you know that if you’re eligible for fertility treatment on the NHS, you may be able to have treatment with us instead of your local NHS unit?

Many Clinical Commissioning Groups - the organisations which decide how local NHS budgets are spent - aren’t opposed to a funding transfer, if you can put forward good reasons why you believe a private provider is the best choice for you rather than the NHS unit you would normally be referred to.

Some examples of requests to transfer could include:

  • That we have the necessary specialists for your specific diagnosis compared to your local NHS clinic
  • That we offer advanced techniques and technologies not available at your local NHS unit, which you feel gives you the best chance of success
  • That the NHS waiting list is too long and with us you can start treatment immediately
  • That it’s more convenient to have treatment with us because you live closer to our clinic
  • That we have no waiting list for donor eggs or donor sperm and can offer immediate treatment with a wide choice of HFEA-registered UK-based donors from our own exclusive donor bank, if you need donated eggs or sperm to have a baby.

At Manchester Fertility we are highly experienced in helping people to successfully transfer their funding to us. We’ve helped patients transfer their NHS IVF treatment, and even IVF with donor eggs treatment to us in certain circumstances, so that they may benefit from our advanced techniques, leading fertility specialists and dedicated, bespoke personal care.

Are you eligible for NHS IVF?

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has specific guidelines on what your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) should provide to you in terms of treatment. These can be found here.

Not all CCGs however follow these guidelines, leading to what is commonly known as the ‘IVF postcode lottery’. Many CCGs have their own guidelines regarding infertility treatment, funding only limited cycles and imposing strict criteria.

Your first step is to find out exactly what treatment you are entitled to, if any, from your CCG. Your GP will be able to help you with this.

If you are eligible and wish to have funding transferred to Manchester Fertility

1. Contact your GP and ask that an Individual Funding Request (IFR) is submitted directly to your CCG on your behalf. It will need to include your reasons as to why you wish to have your treatment with a private IVF clinic instead of your local NHS unit.

2. If your funding request is accepted, your CCG will write to us directly to let us know you can start treatment.

3. If you’ve already completed screening tests elsewhere, you may not need to have these tests repeated, but it depends on whether it is your first cycle of IVF in the UK or not. We will advise you about this. Consent forms will also need to be completed with us.

4. We have no waiting lists for any of our treatments so your treatment will start straight away, in line with the treatment path your Manchester Fertility consultant recommends.

CCGs that transfer to us

Click here to download a list of CCGs that have previously accepted patient funding transfer requests to us.

Unsure as to what CCG you fall under? Find out here.

If you’re not eligible for NHS IVF

We are dedicated to ensuring infertility treatment can be accessed by as many people as possible. If you can’t get NHS IVF where you live, we can help you have a baby through a number of options:

Access Fertility Refund programme: The Access Fertility IVF Refund Plan is the first pre-paid plan available in the UK to offer IVF patients a full 100% money-back guarantee if treatment fails. It also offers substantial savings of around a third, compared to paying for the same treatment individually. Dependent upon your age, you can choose a three-cycle IVF plan with a refund of either 50%, 70% or 100% of plan fees if treatment doesn’t result in a live birth. Or you can opt for fewer included cycles, with a two-cycle IVF plan that gives you a 50% refund. Read more about the programme.

Access Fertility Multi-Cycle programme: For anyone who needs IVF/ICSI up to the age of 45, Multi-Cycle gives you up to two cycles of IVF/ICSI again at a substantially discounted rate. Find out what it involves.

Access Fertility Donor Eggs IVF Refund programme: Available if you’re aged 48 and under and need to use donor eggs in your treatment, this programme gives you a 70% refund of fees if you don’t have a baby. Includes three cycles of IVF/ICSI with donor eggs at a substantial discount, with a guarantee of six eggs per cycle. Find out more.

Egg-sharing: If you’re aged 35 or under, and are a non-smoker, you could be an egg-sharer and receive a cycle of IVF with us for £1,000 including all tests, scans and drugs. Your cycle includes ICSI if needed, Blastocyst culture and embryo transfer with Embryoglue to maximise your chances of success. Click here to find out more.

Donor Sperm IUI package: Devised by our team, it’s the only pre-paid discounted multicycle package specifically for donor sperm IUI treatment in the North West. It includes up to three cycles of insemination, your choice of sperm donor from our sperm donor bank, counselling and follow-up pregnancy scan. Explore the plan here.

Get in touch

Our team of Patient Advisors is here to help you with your NHS funding transfer. You can speak to them on 0161 300 2730 if you’ve any questions or need further help.

More information

You can find out more about NHS IVF funding at Fertility Network UK. 

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