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Hi,  :)
I have just been refered for NHS fertility treatment.  I have had day 21 tests at my doctors and they have come back as level 3.1 and so he has said I'm not ovulating. 

He said that waiting times for appointments are between 3 and 6 months.  How long does it normally take to find out when your appointment is?  I know I'm only just at the very start of everything but I feel like I'm going a bit mad and just want to know when things will start.

I am being refered to Harold Wood Hospital in Essex. 

Thankyou in advance for your help
Beckye
 

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:)hi there welcome to ff and its nice to meet you when i started out on my fertility treatment i had to wait about two to three weeks before my appointment dates came through to me but it all depends on where you live etc.hope you hear from them soon anyway try not to worry in the mean time and chat to some of the people on here they are a wonderful and friendly bunch. :)
 

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:) hi i think the best thing to do is look on the main message boards on the main page and post in which cat you think you want to post it in hun soz im not a lot of help as i only post in a couple of boards hun soz
 

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Hi Beckye
it does depend on your NHS trust, how busy they are etc, but keep an eye on things and phone if you feel you are waiting too long, just in case there's an admin problem.

I got referred by my GP in Feb, I didn't get a letter with an appointment until April and the appointment with the  fertility specialist in August.  I was then given hormone treatment and saw him twice more, every 3 months.  I was sent for an HSG (an exploratory xray) after about 6 months, that appointment was made very quickly.  
After my first gynae retired I was referred the following February to a different gynae who referred me for IVF.  I didn't hear anything for several months and so this is when I phoned, to find they'd sort of forgotten about me! As soon as I spoke to the assisted conception unit,  I was made an appointment for about a month after I phoned.  So I didn't see anyone about IVF until May - nearly a year and a half after my first trip to the GP.

So do phone and nag, but also do expect some delays.  Even if you have to wait a while to actually have an appointment, they should write and tell you when that will be fairly quickly.

Good luck,
Claire x
 

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Claire,

Thankyou, I think I may feel a little better once a get a letter through, as at least then it'll feel like something is happening.

Congratulations on your BFP by the way!  ^congrats^

Beckye
 

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Hi Beckye

Welcome.  Me and my DH are also at Harold Wood Hospital - the team there are lovely.

Like many have said appointments are slow coming but once the process starts, Harold Wood seems very good at sorting out future appointments.

We have been TTC for 4 years and age is not on my side (40 this Oct), but we are trying to keep positive.  Our first appointment at Harold Wood was August 04, 2nd in Oct 04, when I was put on Metformin to help me lose weight, then the 3rd was Jan 05.  The consultant was pleased that I had managed to lose 20lb (though still 20 lb more to go), and pushed me up the list for a laparoscopy (went for a HSG in Sept 04, but was too tense so they couldn't do it) to check my tubes, and I go in for this on 8 August.

I suppose as we are on the NHS this is quite quick, but know exactly how you feel with regards to the waiting.  It would be so much easier if you went from one part of the treatment without months in between - as I said I am nearly 40 so this worries me a bit.

But at least once you get the first appointment you know your on your way - but do give them a ring if you haven't heard anything (even if its just to put your own mind to rest!).

Good luck

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Hi Beckye,

We was referred to King's College in October, received forms to fill in and had blood tests in Jan. Had our first appointment with Specialist on 26th April. At the appointment we was given a date for our counselling and a date for IVF registration. We was told that at the present time there is no waiting list for our PCT. The doctor said that they will be working towards my August Period.

All the best

Kelly
 
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