First steps

We understand how uncertain and emotional life can be when you’re having difficulty conceiving. The process of finding the right treatment options can be confusing and overwhelming.

To help make it as straightforward as possible, this section guides you through the stages of what to expect when you come to the Regional Fertility Centre.

As the Regional Fertility Centre is an NHS service you will need to be referred to us by your GP or a hospital consultant. If you haven’t already spoken to your GP about fertility treatment, your first step should be to make an appointment with them and discuss the options.

Step by step to fertility treatment

Once you are referred to the RFC there are four main stages in the fertilty treatment pathway:

  • Consultation – when we receive a referral from your GP or consultant we will contact you to arrange an initial consultation.
  • Investigations – after your consultation some further investigations may be arranged to give us more information.
  • Review – once we have the results of these investigations, we will meet with you to discuss the results and possible treatment options
  • Treatment – If treatment is right for you, your name will then be placed on a waiting list.

These stages are explained in more detail on the pages listed in the menu on the right.