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On Friday 1st July 2022 clinical commissioning groups (CCG's) across the country were closed and were replaced by new NHS organisations known as Integrated Care Boards.

Therefore, NHS East Lancashire CCG no longer exists and has been replaced (along with the othe seven CCGs in Lancashire and South Cumbria) by the new NHS Lancashire and South Cumbria Integrated Care Board (ICB)

Please visit the new ICB website

Implementation of revised and updated clinical policy on Assisted Conception Services (including IVF)

The revised and updated clinical policy for assisted conception services has now been approved by the CCG.

This clinical policy explains the criteria that must be met in order for assisted conception services such as IVF (in vitro fertilisation) to be given on the NHS in this area.

GPs and hospital doctors and consultants are required to follow these policies when considering your treatment. Please talk to your GP or consultant if you wish to know more about whether you are eligible for these services under the revised policy.

All patients who have already been referred to a specialist provider of assisted conception services will continue to receive the level of service that was in place when the referral was made. The same applies to all patients who are already undergoing treatment.

The main changes to the assisted conception policy can be summarised as follows:

1. A robust expanded definition of a treatment unit

2. Reducing the number of treatment units to 1

3. Introducing a consistent lower age limit (of 18)

4. Revising the upper age limit to 42

5. Harmonising the criteria to consistently offer the service to couples with no living offspring from any current or previous relationships

6. Introducing a period of two years for the freezing and storage of embryos and gametes (eggs or sperm) not used in the transfer process or up to 10 years for cancer patients, other care pathways and gender dysphoria where this is likely to have a negative impact on reproduction

7. Harmonising the access criteria for female same sex couples and single women

pdf Assisted Conception Services Policy (294 KB)

pdf Assisted Conception Services Policy - easy read (1.58 MB)