Frequently Asked Questions
All the common fertility and assisted conception questions answered.
Do I need a referral to be treated at the Nuffield Health Assisted Conception Services?
You will need a referral from your GP or Gynaecologist. See our Getting Started page for details on what should be included in the referral and where to send it.
How long will I need to wait for my first appointment?
We will see you as soon as possible. Sometimes there can be a delay depending on appointment availability.
Is there any way I can speed up my access to treatment?
There are several pre-treatment tests that will need to be completed prior to starting your treatment. Your GP may be able to complete these tests but they are under no obligation to do so. We will need hard copies of any results.
You may find it quicker to have your screening tests done at Nuffield Health Assisted Conception Services. We can arrange these tests after your initial consultation.
How much will my treatment cost?
The cost of your treatment will depend on your diagnosis. A pricing guide will be included in your information pack. We will discuss estimated pricing with you during your first consultation.
Can I get NHS funding for fertility treatment?
We are currently delighted to be one of the hospitals selected by the South Central Commissioning Group to provide NHS funded IVF treatment. We are also providers of NHS funded IVF treatment for the Surrey CCG. Your GP or NHS consultant will need to check whether you are eligible and refer you to the CCG for any funding. *
How long will my treatment take?
The length of your treatment will depend on the type of treatment recommended by your consultant.
How often will I need to visit the Nuffield Health Assisted Conception Services during my treatment?
An important part of fertility treatment is assessment and monitoring to ensure a positive result. You may need to visit our unit several times during treatment. If you have any concerns or questions regarding your visits please speak a member of our nursing team.
How many treatment cycles can I have?
Your treatment plan will be based on your individual needs and factors including your age, diagnosis and medical history. We will look at each individual case and help you make decisions on the way forward.
Will I always see the same nurse or consultant?
Every member of our nursing team will be familiar with your treatment. This offers you more flexibility in scheduling your appointments.
You will usually see the same consultant for consultations and review appointments. To ensure procedures are carried out as needed during your treatment a different consultant may perform procedures such as egg collection or embryo transfer.
Will I be able to fit my treatment around my work?
We operate a service from 07:30 until 18:00, five days a week and aim to work around your lifestyle. However in some cases the timing of your visits will be critical to the success of your treatment.
Are there any age limits for fertility treatments?
Yes. If you are using your own eggs the age limit is 45. This is dependent on your ovarian assessment. If you are using donated eggs the age limit is 49.*
Should I take folic acid?
You should take 400 micrograms folic acid daily from 3 months before your scheduled treatment cycle. This is advice from the Department of Health for all women wishing to conceive - not just for those under assisted conception treatment. This vitamin has been shown to reduce the chance of spina bifida and is available from chemists. You should continue with it for as long as you are trying to conceive and for the first three months of pregnancy.
Will I have access to counselling?
Our in-house counsellor is available to support you throughout your treatment. One to one or couples sessions are available.
In addition our Woking Infertility Self Help (WISH) group meets every 6 weeks. For more information ring 01483 357 710 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I change my mind about treatment?
You are under no obligation to continue treatment. Please telephone our appointments co-ordinator on 01483 357 710 if you no longer wish to attend our unit.
I’m still not sure about whether I want to have treatment at the Nuffield Health Assisted Conception Services. Do I have to commit?
Absolutely not! Why not arrange to come and have a look around our unit at an informal visit? There is no obligation to come and have treatment after your visit. Call our main number on 01483 357 710 to arrange a visit.
We look forward to meeting you!
* Subject to change without notice