Do you meet the criteria for funded treatment?

Before you start your journey as a funded subfertility patient, you will need to know whether you meet the criteria set by your local CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group). 

Did you know  - you can bring your funding to the Hull IVF Unit, even if you do not live in our area ?  If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate in contacting us on 01482 382648 for further details or visit

NHS funding can cover the costs of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) or intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection. The number of cycles (rounds of treatment) available varies dependant upon your CCG.  For more information see also the NHS website - 

For more information regarding the current criteria, please visit your GP , or contact one of our administration team Contact Us




Your General Practitioner will need to complete the subfertility clinic referral form including answering questions regarding your suitability in meeting the criteria for funded treatment.  He/she will also need to forward results of specific investigations carried out prior to your referral into the clinic. 


For further information regarding the investigations required to be completed prior to your referral, please see Referrals

If you’re not eligible for NHS treatment, you may consider paying for private fertility treatment Self-Funded


Referral to the subfertility clinic

If you meet the criteria for funded treatment, your general practitioner will need to refer you to the subfertility clinic within the Women and Children's Hospital.    There is a proforma referral form that both yourself and your GP will need to complete to ensure you meet the current criteria set by the CCG.    Once this has been received at the clinic you will be issued with an appointment.

Commencing Treatment

When your investigations/screening tests have been completed and you have had a follow up with the consultant within the subfertility clinic, if assisted conception treatment is the next step for you, you will be referred to the Hull IVF Unit.   Here you will complete a criteria form  and be placed on the waiting list for your required treatment.    Our aim is to treat you within the 18 week pathway and following screening of your notes to ensure all investigations are complete, an offer of funding will be made and you will be invited to attend our group information session, if applicable.   Following the group information session your treatment will commence usually with your next menstrual cycle.


We offer two sorts of support counselling:  Implications and Support counselling; In addition, some patients are required to have a counselling assessment, to support welfare of the child issues. As part of the contact you will enter into with the counsellor, the exact type of counselling you will have will be made clear from the outset.

Implications counselling

If you are having treatment with donated eggs or sperm, then implications counselling is mandatory.  This is to help you understand the implications of the treatment for you, your extended family and for any child born as a result of treatment.  The counsellor will advise the best ways to tell a child about their origins, and will suggest other resources which may be of help to you with this process. 

Support counselling

All of the staff in the IVF unit can provide you with support.  But occasionally patients want to have access to an independent and confidential support system, specifically if you are having difficulty coping with the stresses of treatment and the effects this may be having on your work, relationships etc.  Patients can access this support system individually, or as a couple.  The IVF Unit would not be made aware of any issues which arose during counselling, unless both you and your counsellor felt otherwise. 

Counselling assessments

When patients requesting treatment have issues which may affect the wellbeing of any child born as a result of treatment, we are required by the HFEA to make an assessment to determine whether or not to offer treatment.  A counselling assessment is carried out, along with a social background report, presented for discussion at the IVF Unit Ethics Committee.  They advise the patient’s consultant whether they think it is reasonable to offer treatment.  The final decision rests with the consultant.

Accessing counselling

 If we require you to have counselling, an appropriate referral form with be completed.

If you think you would benefit from counselling and wish to make an appointment, please telephone the IVF Unit office on 01482 382648.

The counselling support service is available to you once you have been placed on the waiting list for treatment, as well as during and after.