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IVF Waiting Times

Published: 28 Aug 2018 10:44

All eligible patients seen within one year

For the fourth quarter in a row, 100% of eligible IVF patients across Scotland started treatment within 12 months of being referred, above the target of 90%.

Figures published for the period between April to June 2018, also show that all eligible patients were screened for IVF treatment within one of Scotland’s four centres that treat NHS IVF patients within nine months and 82.6 per cent of patients were screened for IVF treatment within six months.

Minster for Public Health, Joe FitzPatrick said:

“The target for IVF referral has been exceeded for the past three years, and for a full calendar year all eligible patients have started treatment within a year of referral. 

“Over the past five years we have invested around £28 million to reduce IVF waiting times and improve the outcomes for patients.

“Scotland continues to lead the way in the provision of NHS IVF treatment and we want to make access to treatment on the NHS as fair as possible - giving more people the opportunity to conceive.”

 Background

IVF Waiting Times

 All new patients referred for IVF on the NHS from the 1st of April 2017 may now be eligible for three full cycles. NHS IVF access in Scotland is the most generous in the UK and the changes were implemented following recommendations by the National Infertility Group.