Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_7576

Date Request Received: 29/11/2023 00:00:00

Date Request Replied To: 13/12/2023 00:00:00

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Request Summary: Salisbury Fertility Centre

Request Category: Private Individuals

Question Number 1:
Under the Freedom of Information Act, I would like to request the following information regarding Salisbury Fertility Centre:

• Does the centre offer egg retrieval procedures on weekends for private patients?
Answer To Question 1:
Question Number 2:
• Does the centre offer egg retrieval procedures on weekends for NHS patients?
Answer To Question 2:
Question Number 3:
• Does the centre offer natural cycle frozen embryo transfers?

• If yes to the above, for the most recent complete year of data, how many frozen embryo transfers did the centre complete? How many of these were natural cycle transfers?
Answer To Question 3:
Yes – 5 natural cycle frozen embryo transfers out of 195 frozen embryo transfers in total completed in the last year.
Question Number 4:
• Please could you send me a copy of any patient information (e.g. patient information sheet/leaflet) relating to embryo transfer/the embryo transfer cycle?
Answer To Question 4:
Please see attached.

To accompany this answer to question 4 please also see the documents listed below:

 Patient information following embryo transfer.pdf
 Frozen embryo transfer cycle patient information.pdf
Question Number 5:
• What are the centre’s criteria for providing IVF/ICSI (e.g. BMI, smoking status, age, any other requirements)? Please state if and how the criteria differ between NHS and private patients.
Answer To Question 5:
The centre’s criteria for providing IVF/ICSI is a clinical indication for IVF/ICSI, a BMI for the female partner of under 35 for obstetric reasons, a female age of under 44 as above this age we would be unlikely to recommend treatment due to the success rate and satisfactory completion of the welfare of the child assessment which is a regulatory requirement of the HFEA. There are no other criteria although we assess all cases on an individual basis and reserve the right to decline treatment if for any reason we have concerns but this would be discussed with the patient.
NHS funding eligibility criteria is set by the respective regional Integrated Care Boards across the country and we cannot provide a comparison of every Integrated Care Boards criteria in relation to our criteria for private patients. The NHS funding eligibility criteria of the respective Integrated Care Boards can be found on each of their websites.

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