Redbrige CCG not complying with NICE IVF guidelines

King George's Hospital in Goodmayes

King George's Hospital in Goodmayes - Credit: Archant

All but one health authority in London is providing the recommended amount of treatment for couples receiving IVF.

A fertility campaign group has discovered that the majority Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), including Redbridge, do not offer three full cycles of IVF in line with the National Institute of Clinical Excellence’s (NICE) guidance.

Fertility Fairness took a closer look Redbridge’s policies, as well as six other CCGs, and found they provide “three embryo transfers in total” meaning, in their eyes, a full cycle consists of one fresh embryo and two frozen ones.

However NICE guidelines state that a full cycle includes the transfer of a fresh embryo and all viable frozen ones each time.

A spokesman for Redbridge CCG said: “Our aim through this policy is to offer the opportunity to have a baby to as many Redbridge individuals and couples as possible.

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“Our policy was developed following a consultation with local GPs and lead clinicians from fertility units in local hospitals and supports patients to have a maximum of three opportunities to become pregnant using either fresh or frozen embryos.”

Camden was commended by Fertility Fairness as the only CCG in London to offer the full three cycles of IVF treatment as defined by NICE.

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