Fertility Treatments In Dorset Discussed
9:10am 5th July 2014
Changes to allow older women to receive fertility treatments in Dorset are being discussed.
Draft proposals have been outlined by the counties Clinical Commissioning Group to move in-line with national guidance.
Plans are to remove the lower age limit and increase the upper age limit so women up to 39 can still try IVF treatments - previous age guidance was marked at 35 years of age.
Health Professionals say it will give more couples in Dorset access to treatment for a longer period of their lives, when they wish to have a family.
However, with budgets squeezed, the number of full IVF cycles proposed will be reduced from 2 to 1.
But nothing has been decided yet and NHS Dorset want your views on the Assisted Conception policy.
Dr Karen Kirkham, Local GP and Clinical Lead for Maternity, Reproduction and Family Health with NHS Dorset CCG said:
"Over the coming weeks we are asking people to consider our Consultation Document which details proposed changes and the reasons for them.
We would then like people to let us know what they think by responding to a series of questions.
During this period we are also continuing our work with GP practices, consultants and other colleagues and partners so their views can also help inform future plans for the service.
We appreciate that assisted conception is a very emotive subject and are keen to stress that this is a Consultation Document and that no decisions have been made; however with health budgets coming under increased pressure nationally we do need to look at what we offer currently and ensure it is right for local people."
A copy of the Consultation Document is available via the NHS Dorset CCG website - www.dorsetccg.nhs.uk - along with a link to an online survey where anyone registered with a Dorset GP practice or living in Dorset can give their feedback.