What is the waiting time for first consultation in the RFC?
The waiting time for a new outpatient appointment is around 9 weeks.
What investigations should the GP perform for the couple prior to their first appointment in RFC?
- Rubella screening
- Chlamydia screening – female
- Hormone levels – Day 2 or 3 FSH & Oestradiol of cycle if regular cycle
- Random FSH, LH, Oestradiol, Prolactin if irregular/infrequent periods
- Semen analysis (if available)
If semen analysis shows azospermia examination of the male as well as blood tests – hormones (FSH, LH, testosterone, prolactin) and male karyotype would be useful information to have in advance of RFC consultation.
What is the waiting time for a review appointment?
The waiting time for a review consultation is usually 13 weeks from the date all investigations have been completed. This means the waiting time will vary depending on the investigations each individual/couple requires.
What is the waiting time for assisted conception treatments?
The waiting times for NHS and Privately funded IVF/ICSI treatment fluctuates on a regular basis and this information can be found here on the Treatment Waiting Times page on this website.
Patients will start their treatment within 12 months.
The waiting time is counted from the date the decision on the treatment choice is made with the RFC consultant and not from the date of referral or first consultation.
At what point can the patient’s name go onto the list for NHS treatment?
The patients name cannot be added to the NHS treatment list until all the investigations have been completed and the consultant has reviewed the patients with a view to deciding upon the most appropriate treatment.