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IVF treatment to be transferred from Derriford

IVF treatment to be transferred from Derriford

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 12:22pm 14th November 2019. (Updated at 12:25pm 14th November 2019)

IVF treatment will no longer be offered at Derriford Hospital from next year.

An announcement has been made that the services are being transferred from the Plymouth hospital.

The search is now on to find a new provider for the local area and the Clinical Commissioning Groups for both Devon and Cornwall are holding a tendering process.

A letter has gone out to patients to reassure them about the continuity of care and Pirate FM understands that currently undergoing IVF treatment at Derriford will not be affected.

Bosses say the transfer of services will happen between April and August next year.

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"University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust (UHP) have informed NHS Devon Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCGs) of their intention to transfer provision of IVF services at Derriford Hospital from next year. 

"The CCGs will now hold a tendering process in line with NHS procurement regulations, which is open to NHS organisations to bid for the re-provision of NHS-funded Assisted Conception Service for the Plymouth and surrounding area.

"The transfer of services from UHP to a new provider will not happen until April 2020 (earliest), August 2020 (latest).  
"We have written to patients to reassure them about continuity of care but if patients have concerns, they should contact 01752 437925.
"We will provide a further update in late December."

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust 

How does IVF work? 

In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is one of several techniques available to help people with fertility problems have a baby.

During IVF, an egg is removed from the woman's ovaries and fertilised with sperm in a laboratory.

The fertilised egg, called an embryo, is then returned to the woman's womb to grow and develop.

It can be carried out using your eggs and your partner's sperm, or eggs and sperm from donors.

Who can have IVF?

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) fertility guidelines make recommendations about who should have access to IVF treatment on the NHS in England and Wales.

These guidelines recommended that IVF should be offered to women under the age of 43 who have been trying to get pregnant through regular unprotected sex for 2 years, or who have had 12 cycles of artificial insemination.

However, the final decision about who can have NHS-funded IVF in England is made by local clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), and their criteria may be stricter than those recommended by NICE.

If you're not eligible for NHS treatment, or you decide to pay for IVF, you can have treatment at a private clinic. Costs vary, but 1 cycle of treatment may cost up to £5,000 or more.

Find out more here.

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