First steps

Introduction
Stages of fertility treatment
Patient information leaflet on your fertility journey
Outpatient waiting times
Regional Fertility Centre success rates


Couple speaking to fertility consultant

Introduction

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 an appointment with them to discuss the options.

Stages of fertility treatment

When you are referred to the Regional Fertility Centre, there are four main stages to treatment:

  • 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 – when 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 this website.

Patient information leaflet on your fertility journey

Download our patient information leaflet on your IVF / ICSI / FET fertility journey.

Outpatient waiting times (updated summer 2021)

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 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.

Regional Fertility Centre success rates 

Success rates for 3 June to 30 July 2021 can be downloaded here.

Information on success rates is of limited value when comparing centres and choosing where to seek treatment.

Please refer to the HFEA’s Choose a fertility clinic page for further advice on choosing a clinic.

Regional Fertility Centre success rates for 3 June to 30 July 2021
ICSI Cycles started Pregnancies 
(Preg)
Preg rate / cycles started Egg collections Preg rate / egg collection Embryo transfers Embryos transferred Preg rate / embryo transfer Preg rate / embryos transferred
under 35 36 14 38.% 35 40.0% 24 26 58.3% 53.8%
35 to 37 11 1 9.1% 10 10.0% 8 13 12.5% 7.7%
38 to 39 11 2 18.2% 9 22.2% 7 11 28.6% 18.2%
40 to 42 9 4 44.4% 7 57.1% 7 13 57.1% 30.8%
43 to 44 2 0 0.0% 2 0.0% 2 2 0.0% 0.0%
over 44 0 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0 0.0% 0.0%
Total 69 21 30.4% 63 33.3% 48 65 43.8% 32.3%
IVF Cycles started Pregnancies 
(Preg)
Preg rate / cycles started Egg collections Preg rate / egg collection Embryo transfers Embryos transferred Preg rate / embryo transfer Preg rate / embryos transferred
under 35 9 4 44.4% 8 50.0% 6 6 66.7% 66.7%
35 to 37 5 0 0.0% 3 0.0% 3 5 0.0% 0.0%
38 to 39 2 0 0.0% 2 0.0% 2 3 0.0% 0.0%
40 to 42 4 0 0.0% 4 0.0% 3 5 0.0% 0.0%
43 to 44 0 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0 0.0% 0.0%
over 44 0 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0 0.0% 0.0%
Total 20 4 20.0% 17 23.5% 14 19 28.6% 21.1%