Regional Fertility Centre
Update: 13 July 2021
Treatment waiting times
The NHS-funded IVF and ICSI treatment waiting list is a single list managed in chronological order.
The table below shows the estimated treatment waiting times for NHS-funded IVF and ICSI treatments. This is based on our capacity and the number of patients ready for treatment.
Some patients may be waiting for a therapeutic surgical procedure (for example, removal of polyp) to facilitate fertility treatment. When this is completed, the patient will be placed on the fertility treatment list and backdated. This does not include diagnostic procedures such as hysterosalpingograms (HSGs), diagnostic laparoscopy or hysteroscopy.
Our capacity to provide fertility treatment is generally stable throughout the year. However, external pressures, for example another surge of COVID-19, could alter this significantly.
Due to the vaccination programme, it is hoped that any further surge of COVID-19 will not be as significant as previous surges. All patients on the IVF or ICSI treatment waiting list have been sent correspondence to confirm the date they went on the list.
The estimated waiting times on this website will be refreshed if there are significant changes.
Month added to list Treated by end of month
(subject to individual menstrual patterns)
Before October 2019 September 2021 November 2019 October 2021 December 2019 October 2021 January 2020 October 2021 February 2020 October 2021 March 2020 November 2021 April 2020 November 2021 May 2020 November 2021 June 2020 November 2021 July 2020 December 2021 August 2020 December 2021 September 2020 January 2022 October 2020 January 2022 November 2020 February 2022 December 2020 February 2022 January 2021 March 2022 February 2021 March 2022 March 2021 March 2022 April 2021 April 2022 May 2021 April 2022
Private IVF / ICSI treatments
Private IVF / ICSI treatments will resume this September, with 10 treatments provided each month.
In future, we hope to give patients a reasonable estimate of when they will be treated. Patients on the private treatment waiting list will receive a letter within the next week (by 20 July 2021) asking them to confirm in writing if they wish to remain on the list.
When the list has been confirmed, the remaining patients will receive a letter with an approximate waiting time for treatment.
Patients will be sent an offer of treatment when their name reaches the top of the list. If the date offered is not suitable, it can be deferred once for a maximum of three months.
The table below shows the current estimated waiting times for privately funded IVF and ICSI treatments.
Month added to private list Treated by end of month (estimate) January 2020 September 2021 February 2020 October 2021 March 2020 November 2021 April 2020 December 2021 May 2020 January to April 2022 June 2020 May 2022 July 2020 May 2022 August 2020 May 2022 September 2020 June 2022 October 2020 July 2022 November 2020 July 2022 December 2020 August 2022 January 2021 August 2022 February 2021 September 2022 March 2021 October 2022 April 2021 November 2022 May 2021 December 2022 June 2021 December 2022
Frozen embryo transfer (FET) waiting times
The approximate waiting time for NHS and privately funded frozen embryo transfer is five months.
Treatment times are subject to individual menstrual patterns.
Ovulation induction (OI), intrauterine insemination (IUI) and donor intrauterine insemination (DIUI) waiting times
OI, IUI or DIUI is a course of treatment made up of cycles, commencing each month with the patient’s menstrual cycle.
A course of OI treatment is six completed cycles. IUI and DIUI treatment requires four completed cycles.
A completed cycle means the patient has reached the ovulation stage in the cycle. Sometimes a monthly treatment cycle may be stopped before this if the patient is over- or under-responding to their drugs. An individual patient may therefore take longer to complete their full treatment course.
When a patient achieves a positive pregnancy test before they have completed their full treatment course, another patient can begin treatment.
A limited number of patients can be managed in each treatment cycle at any one time. One patient has to complete their treatment course before another patient begins.
Treatment waiting times can therefore change depending on the responses and outcomes of patients in treatment.
The current approximate waiting times for treatment are:
- 18 months for OI
- 24 months for IUI or DIUI
These estimated waiting times will be updated if there are significant changes.
This treatment service has recommenced. Patients will receive prescriptions and information about treatment at a face-to-face consultation or will receive a letter following a video consultation.
Any patient who has not been advised by their consultant to commence their Clomid treatment may contact the RFC administration team for advice on 028 9615 9600.
Outpatient waiting times
Face-to-face appointments for new patients have recommenced.
The longest waiting time for an outpatient appointment is currently 11 months. However, waiting times may change as some patients may no longer require an appointment.
Additional clinics have been set up over the coming months to provide extra capacity for patients waiting for a review appointment.
Patients who have previously had a telephone consultation and require blood test investigations will have these tests at their face-to-face review appointment or will receive an appointment to attend a blood test clinic prior to their review appointment.
Please note that admin staff in the Regional Fertility Centre are unable to advise patients on their place on their outpatients waiting list.
We will update the website with information if these waiting times change.
Diagnostic semen analysis service
The current waiting time for an appointment is approximately eight weeks. Patients will receive a letter inviting them to contact the centre to book an appointment.
The estimated waiting times will be updated if there are significant changes.