NHS funding for fertility treatment in Sussex
NHS funding for fertility treatment is available for patients living in both East and West Sussex.
The Agora is the largest provider of NHS fertility treatments in Sussex offering all main types of treatment.
The eligibility criteria you need to meet for NHS funding approval varies between each Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in Sussex, and around the rest of the country.
The first step to securing NHS funding for fertility treatment is to see your GP. Your GP will refer you on, either to specialist GP services (if you live in West Sussex) or specialist Consultants (if you live in East Sussex). Once you’ve completed all your fertility investigations your eligibility for NHS funding can be made. If successful, your referral will be passed on to your CCG for approval.
The eligibility criteria for NHS funded fertility treatments are listed below.
Eligibility criteria for NHS funding
Coastal West Sussex CCG, Mid Sussex CCG and East Sussex CCG (Brighton & Hove, High Weald Lewes Havens)
These are the current criteria (2020) to be eligible for NHS funding for fertility treatment in Sussex:
- Age 23-39 (If referred at 39 you must be treated before your 40th birthday)
- Body Mass Index (BMI) 19-29
- No more than one privately funded fresh cycle of IVF/ICSI
- Neither partner can have living children from this relationship, previous relationships or from adoption
- You need to have been infertile for at least two years unless a recognised cause of infertility has been identified (e.g. blocked tubes, low sperm count) in which case you should have been trying to conceive for at least one year
- Both partners need to be non-smokers
- Your anti-mullerian hormone (AMH) levels need to be greater than 4.9pmol (as measured in the Royal Sussex County Hospital Laboratory, Brighton)
All Sussex CCGs will also fund:
- Surgical sperm retrieval for obstructive azoospermia
- Fertility treatment for those with viral illness
- Egg, sperm and embryo freezing for those with a diagnosis of cancer (who need to have chemotherapy or radiotherapy)
- Egg and Sperm freezing for patients undergoing NHS-funded Gender reassignment
The following treatments are not NHS funded:
- Egg donation and egg freezing
- Treatments involving donor sperm
- Patients who have had a reversal of sterilisation (vasectomy)
Same sex couples and single women:
Wednesday 3rd February at 5.30 pm
Wednesday 17th February at 5.30 pm
Alternatively, via email:
or phone: 01273 229410
We look forward to welcoming you.