NHS or Private?

NHS-funded:

Funding for treatments is provided by some Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), subject to criteria which vary across the country. The criteria for Cheshire and Merseyside CCGs and for Wales are shown below.

If you are covered by another Clinical Commissioning Group, you'll need to check whether funding is available for treatments and whether you meet the relevant criteria.

Your GP will be able to advise on this or put you in touch with your own Clinical Commissioning Group.

Criteria for Cheshire and Merseyside CCGs

To qualify for up to three cycles of NHS-funded assisted conception treatment (up to two cycles within St Helens CCG), the following criteria must be met:

  • The person undergoing treatment must have started treatment before her 40th birthday. One treatment cycle is available between age 40 and 42 provided no IVF has taken place previously.
  • The person undergoing treatment must have a BMI (Body Mss Index) of between 19 and 29.9.
  • Both partners must be non-smokers.
  • Neither partner must have any living children, from either the current or previous relationships. This includes adopted as well as biological children.
  • For single women, you must never have had a biological or adopted child.
  • Sub-fertility must not be the direct result of a sterilisation procedure in either partner (this does not include conditions where sterilisation occurs as a result of another medical problem). Couples who have undertaken a reversal of their sterilisation procedure are not eligible for treatment.

Criteria for Wales

To qualify for up to two cycles of NHS-funded assisted conception treatment, the following criteria must be met:

  • The person undergoing treatment must have started treatment before her 40th birthday. One treatment cycle is available between age 40 and 42 provided no IVF has taken place previously and there is no evidence of low ovarian reserve.
  • Both male and female partners must have a BMI of between 19 and 30.
  • Both partners must be non-smokers.
  • Couples must have no children together (biological or adopted); and one partner must never have had a biological or adopted child.
  • For single women, you must never have had a biological or adopted child.
  • Sub-fertility must not be the direct result of a sterilisation procedure in either partner (this does not include conditions where sterilisation occurs as a result of another medical problem). Couples who have undertaken a reversal of their sterilisation procedure are not eligible for treatment.

Privately funded:

We offer the highest quality private fertility care as well as NHS-funded treatment cycles. All treatments - from fertility investigations to the various fertility treatment options - are delivered by senior gynaecologists with extensive NHS reproductive medicine experience within The Hewitt Fertility Centre.

The Centre operates as part of the Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, which means patients have the reassurance of full back-up services at the Crown Street hospital. Liverpool Women’s is one of the UK’s leading maternity and neonatal units, as well as being renowned as an NHS Centre of Excellence in gynaecology and genetics services.

Private treatment costs

A comprehensive list of treatment costs can be downloaded here.  For any further advice on treatment costs please contact our Business Manager on 0151 702 4287.