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Level 3 Specialised Fertility Services 16 October - 13 November 2015

NHS South Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) invited feedback from patients, professionals, stakeholders and people living in South Norfolk on the future commissioning of Specialist Fertility Services.

The CCG is proposing to restrict Level 3 Specialist Fertility Services (SFS) with the following exceptional circumstances:

  • patients undergoing cancer treatments/chemotherapy
  • patients who have a disease or condition requiring a medical or surgical treatment that has a significant likelihood of making them infertile
  • couples who meet current eligibility criteria in which the male partner has a chronic viral infection where there is high risk of viral transmission to the female partner and potentially any unborn child (such as HIV or Hepatitis C).

Patients meeting this new criteria will receive the current level of provision i.e. 2 cycles of IVF.

This policy will only be applied for new referrals received by providers after the policy has been implemented. Patients already receiving SFS treatment will not be affected and will continue to receive 2 cycles under the current policy. The restricted policy would also be reviewed on an annual basis.

The CCG asked for feedback on this proposal during the period between Friday 16 October and Friday 13 November 2015.

At the CCG's Governing Body meeting in public on November 24th, the CCG made the decision to adopt the policy restricting access to Level 3 Specialised Fertility Services outlined above. More information can be found here: