Referrals & Funding
The First Steps on Your Fertility Journey
If you choose to start your fertility journey with the Leeds Centre for Reproductive Medicine (LCRM), you will first need to meet with your own GP and ask for a referral letter. before referring you, your GP will need to carry out some tests and include the results with your referral letter to the clinic. Information for your GP on making a referral is available on the Leeds Health Pathway website.
You will then receive an appointment to meet one of our consultants. After intial assessments and specialist tests, you will be advised on what fertility options are right for you. If treatment such as in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is required, you will be given a personalised treatment plan and your treatment can begin within 4-6 weeks.
Patients entitled to NHS funded treatment will be able to start treatment within 18 weeks of their referral.
Patients not eligible for NHS funding are able to continue their referral with LCRM as private patients. Private patient services are provided by the same LCRM consultants, through our Genesis Reproductive Health service.
Funding and costs
Many patients live in areas where the local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will pay for a certain number of assisted conception cycles per year. If you fulfil certain criteria, the CCG will cover the cycle and medication costs. All CCGs have their own funding policies, so it is worth checking your own CCG's website for more information on their policy.
If you do not meet the criteria set by your local CCG, you can choose to fund your own treatment with us. You would become a private patient and cover all costs of each cycle, including medication. Current costs are shown in the 2016/2017 Treatment Costs (size 837 KB).