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​Update on proposed changes to *IVF and ICSI​

Richmond CCG's Governing Body was due to discuss the future commissioning policy for IVF and ISCI at its governing body meeting on 23 May. However, as a result of the announcement of the general election on 18 April, we entered a period of purdah which ran until 8 June 2017. This has extended the timeline to be able to make a decision on the future commissioning of IVF and ISCI.

It has therefore been decided that the pause that had been applied to IVF treatments is to be lifted with immediate effect.The CCG is working with the assisted conception unit at Kingston Hospital who will identify the patients affected by the pause and who meet the policy criteria. These patients will receive a letter inviting them to attend the IVF clinic. This only applies to patients who have been assessed as sub-fertile and requiring IVF or ISCI treatments.

The fertility consultation is likely next to be discussed at the governing body meeting in July.​

*In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) is a technique by which eggs are collected from a woman and fertilised with a man's sperm outside the body.

Intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICS) is a variation of IVF in which a single sperm is injected into an egg.