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NHS IVF Treatment To Return to Vale of York Immediately


12:03pm 4th December 2014

NHS Vale of York has agreed to an immediate return to IVF treatment.

It means childless couples in York, Selby district, Pocklington, Easingwold and parts of Ryedale will now get one free cycle on treatment on the NHS.

IVF treatment on the NHS was abolished by the old North Yorkshire Primary Care Trust in 2009.

Dr Emma Broughton, a local GP and the CCG’s Clinical Lead for Women’s Health said;

I am delighted that the Governing Body has formally agreed the criteria and changed the CCG’s commissioning position.

“It’s great to move away from the Primary Care Trust’s decision to stop commissioning IVF in 2009.

“I’m so proud to be part of the team at the CCG that has championed the provision of local IVF services and helped to change, for the first time in several years, the commissioning position for the Vale of York.

“The CCG will be giving careful consideration to previously eligible couples that are currently seeking IVF services and to ensure this process is fair and as effective as possible, we will be working closely with local Assisted Conception Units to develop a pathway into services.”


But there are a long list of rules and conditions couples will have to meet to get IVF treatment from NHS Vale of York. These include:

  • The woman must be aged between 23 and 39 years old
  • She must have a Body Mass Index of between 19 and 29 for six months before treatment.
  • Neither partner in the couple must have smoked for six months
  • The couple cannot have any living or adopted children
  • The couple must have been in living together and in a stable relationship for at least two years
  • The couple must have been trying to start a family for at least two years
  • Not have had any NHS funded IVF treatment before

What do you make of today's announcement? Are you a couple trying to have a baby on IVF? Give Minster FM News a ring on 01904 486598.

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