just had an email and though i would post what was attached to it for everyone to read
this was the email i had
Mary Burrows, Chief Executive has received a letter from Mr. Martyn Jones MP regarding your e mail to him regarding IVF treatment.
I am attaching a copy of a letter received in February 2010 from Health Commission Wales which I do hope will be of some use to you – it does have a contact number of the Specialist Clinic.
I do hope you are successful in obtaining further information.
and this is the attachment she sent
Thursday, 11 February 2010
To: Heads of Planning, Welsh Local Health Boards
Following the Minister’s recent announcement that as of 1 April, Welsh IVF patients can expect to receive two cycles of treatment on the NHS, I would appreciate it if you could circulate a copy of this letter to all GP Surgeries and Gynaecology Departments within your Local Health Board.
IVF Patients who have had one cycle of NHS treatment, and are entitled to a second cycle must be referred to a Specialist Fertility Clinic as soon as possible. I hope the following information will assist referring clinicians in that process.
The referral pathway is as follows:
West Wales The London Women’s Clinic, Swansea
Mid Wales The Fertility Centre, Shrewsbury & Telford
South East Wales IVF Wales, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff
North Wales The Hewitt Centre, Liverpool Women’s Hospital
I can confirm that patients who have had one cycle will be assessed against the same access criteria as they would have for their first. A copy of the access criteria is enclosed for your information.
There will be some leniency around the age criterion, and patients should not be treated as a new referral. Patients presenting for their second cycle will not be required to wait the mandatory 12 months, and they should be treated within 26 weeks.
If patients are over 38 years and 6 months they will still be entitled to have treatment. There will also be some flexibility associated with the criterion that specifies that the patient must have received treatment prior to their 40th birthday. If patients are 40 between 1st April 2010 and 31st October 2010 they can still be accepted for treatment, however they must have had their treatment prior to 31st October 2010.
The any previous NHS cycles criterion will also be changed to reflect the change in policy.
The three or more cycles criterion remains unchanged, and if patients have already had three cycles of treatment which includes their previous NHS cycle they will not be entitled to the second NHS cycle.
For all other enquiries, please contact the Specialist Clinic alternatively you can contact Michelle Ralph, Assistant Commissioner, Health Commission Wales on 02920 807582 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Specialised Commissioning Manager