Assisted Conception Services

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SCCG Assisted Conception Services policy January 2017 v1.0 final short version.pdf

Outline of patient pathway:

  • Patient visits GP to discuss fertility concerns.

  • As necessary GP will give advice, may initiate tests and make a referral to the GWH fertility service.

  • Before assisted conception service would be considered, unexplained sub-fertility patients are expected to try to conceive naturally for minimum of three years.

  • Patients will also need to meet the Swindon CCG Assisted Conception Services Eligibility Criteria in order to qualify for treatment.

  • Fertility service will assess each patient face to face and will confirm whether assisted conception would be of benefit and whether NHS funding is available.

  • If NHS funded assisted conception is an option then patients will be given a choice of clinic to attend, most patients choose Oxford Fertility, which is linked to the fertility service at the Great Western Hospital. 


If a patient is assessed as not eligible for NHS funded assisted conception service and if exceptional clinical circumstances exist, a patients’ GP can apply for an Individual Funding Request.

Such requests are reviewed by a panel of clinicians within Swindon CCG and an individual funding decision will be made.