NHS funding for fertility treatment in Sussex
NHS funding for fertility treatment is available for patients living in both East Sussex and West Sussex.
The Agora Clinic 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.
Below are the current eligibility criteria for NHS funding in Sussex, however please note there have some been some recent changes announced from 1st November 2021.
These changes provide more funding options for same sex female couples and single women, and whilst there are a few small points which need clarification, they are a welcome addition for the LGBTQ community in Sussex.
You can watch a video detailing the changes in our blog article “Celebrating a move towards inclusive NHS Fertility Funding in Sussex“.
Same sex couples and single women:
Wednesday 12th January at 6.00 pm
Wednesday 19th January at 6.00 pm
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Current criteria (2020) to be eligible for NHS funding for fertility treatment in Sussex
These are the current eligibility criteria for NHS funding in Sussex, covering Coastal West Sussex CCG, Mid Sussex CCG and East Sussex CCG (Brighton & Hove, High Weald Lewes Havens):
- Age 23-39 (If referred at 39 you must be treated before your 40th birthday)
- Body Mass Index (BMI) 19-29
- 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: