Changes to IVF Rules Come into Effect in Dorset
7:32am 1st April 2014
More couples in Dorset now have access to fertility treatment on the NHS.
Changes to the age limit for having IVF come into effect today (Tuesday 1st April).
They've been brought in by NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group.
Previously women had to be aged between 30 and 35 to apply for IVF Treatment on the NHS.
Now women aged up to 39 can qualify and the lower age limit has been removed altogether.
But health officials are looking at reducing the number of cycles from two to just one.
Dr Karen Kirkham, Clinical Chair for Maternity, Reproductive and Family Health, NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), told Wessex FM:
"The changes to the policy represent a significant improvement, as we have removed the lower age limit and increased the upper age limit at which couples can access treatment by assisted conception meaning the service can be accessed by more couples in Dorset and at an age that couples wish to try to have a family.
We are in the process of communicating with all GP practices in Dorset and consultant colleagues to ensure they make pa tients aware of the new arrangements and are also working with GPs and our locality teams to consider the impact of changes beyond 2015 so their views and patient insight can help inform future plans for the service".