Clinician FAQs

What is the waiting time for first consultation in the RFC?

A new consultation appointment should be provided approximately nine weeks after the referral has been received into the Trust. Your patient will be sent a letter to contact the appointments office to book an appointment on a date suitable to them.

 

What investigations should the GP perform for the couple prior to their first appointment in RFC?

  • Rubella screening
  • Chlamydia screening- female
  • Hormone levels – Day 2 or 3 FSH & Oestradiol of cycle if regular cycle
    Random FSH, LH, Oestradiol, Prolactin if irregular/infrequent periods
  • Semen analysis (if available)
    If semen analysis shows azospermia examination of the male as well as blood tests - hormones (FSH, LH, testosterone, prolactin) and male karyotype would be useful information to have in advance of RFC consultation.

 

What is the waiting time for a review appointment?

The waiting time for a review consultation is usually 13 weeks from the date all investigations have been completed. This means the waiting time will vary depending on the investigations each the individual couple requires.

 

What is the waiting time for assisted conception treatments?

The waiting time for NHS funded IVF/ICSI treatment is approximately 10-12 months, for Stimulated Intrauterine Insemination  is approximately 5 months and for Ovulation Induction is approximately 5 months. Frozen Embryo Transfer is approximatley 1- 2 months.

Waiting time is counted from the date the decision on the treatment choice is made with the RFC consultant and couple, and not form the date of referral or first consultation. 

Appointments to commence privately funded IVF or ICSI treatment are usually available within  2-4  weeks.

At what point can the patient’s name go onto the list for  NHS treatment?

The patients name cannot be added to the NHS treatment list until all the investigations have been completed and the consultant has reviewed the patients with a view to deciding upon the most appropriate treatment.