Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_5530

Date Request Received: 03/02/2020 12:29:23

Date Request Replied To: 03/03/2020 08:12:59

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Request Summary: LGBT Fertility

Request Category: Private Individuals

Question Number 1:
What are your policies on two females seeking fertility?
Answer To Question 1:
We treat every patient the same and would treat two females seeking fertility treatment in the same way as a heterosexual couple or a single patient. In terms of NHS funding policies on who is eligible and who is not eligible for NHS funding of fertility treatment, these are set by the Clinical Commissioning Groups and we have no influence over these.
Question Number 2:
Two men seeking an egg/surrogacy?
Answer To Question 2:
Surrogacy is a very complex treatment to provide which is why many clinics do not provide surrogacy. We do provide surrogacy treatments but only using the commissioning couples gametes, not donor gametes. This is because this is all we have capacity to provide and we would require increased staffing capacity to provide the greater complexity of surrogacy with donor gametes. We will, however, consider approaches from any couple seeking treatment and if we feel we have capacity at that time to provide the treatment requested we would treat two men seeking treatment in the same way as two females, a heterosexual couple or a single patient.
Question Number 3:
What guidelines are given to GPs to refer is so can you furnish a copy?
Answer To Question 3:
A GP referral is only required if a patient is seeking treatment funded by the NHS. If a patient is self-funding treatment they can self refer to our service. Clinical guidelines for GPs are set out and provided by the Clinical Commissioning Groups. We also have a referral guidance document for GPs which can be accessed via microguide. Information on the treatments our service provides can be found by both GPs and patients on our website.
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