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Funding cut prompts reassurance on fertility service

06 September 2017
Treatment that may help patients realise their dream of having a baby will continue.

The reassurance comes from Cambridge University Hospitals following tonight’s (Tuesday 5 September) announcement that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group is to withdraw funding for IVF treatment.

Service lead and Consultant Embryologist at Cambridge IVF, Stephen Harbottle, said despite the disappointment, they are fully committed to working with patients from Peterborough and Cambridgeshire.

Although they will have to pay for each cycle of assisted fertility treatment – instead of getting the first on the NHS - costs are still less than private clinics and every penny generated is ploughed back into the NHS.

Cambridge IVF has a higher than national average success rate of live births per frozen embryo transfer – 34% for women under 40-years-old - and close links with the Trust’s Rosie Maternity and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals means joined-up care, smoothing the “patient pathway”.Cambridge IVF - discussing your needs

Staff are inviting anyone with questions about IVF to drop into the clinic at Kefford House, Maris Lane, Trumpington, Cambridge, between 6pm and 8pm on Tuesday, September 12, 19 or 26. No appointment is necessary.

It is emphasised that patients from the East Midlands clinical commissioning area are unaffected by the announcement, and will still be able to access NHS assisted conception services at Cambridge IVF.

Infertility affects one in six people, can have wide societal and health impacts and is categorised as a disease by the World Health Organisation (WHO). Cambridge IVF was opened in December 2011 and sees more than 200 patients a year

Mr Harbottle, said: “While we fully understand the very difficult financial position the CCG is in, we know the decision will be met with worry by our patients in the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire area.

 “Our assurance to them is that Cambridge IVF, as the assisted conception service provided by Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie, will continue to provide coordinated fertility treatment and a well-established and recognised patient pathway.

“Anyone who is concerned or has questions should not hesitate to contact us or drop into one of our Tuesday evening sessions.”