Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCGs commission Licensed Assisted Conception Services to help eligible couples achieve a successful pregnancy quickly and safely, leading to the delivery of a healthy child. The services include in vitro fertilisation (IVF) as well as other associated treatments.
Historically, services for local NHS patients were provided by North Bristol Trust (NBT) at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) at Southmead Hospital. Following a strategic review in 2016, the Trust decided to stop providing specialist licensed fertility services from November 2017 in order to focus on its core activity of providing acute NHS services. General infertility services including diagnosis and investigation however continue to be provided by the Trust as normal. BCRM remains a Licensed Fertility Centre and to ensure continuity of care existing embryos, eggs and sperm will continue to be stored at the unit. BCRM has now transitioned into a new service run by Valentine Akande and Paul Wilson, previously with NBT as Specialty Director/Person Responsible of Fertility Services and Head of Embryology respectively.
The CCGs have now appointed six HFEA licensed providers of assisted conception services to provide services from 1 April 2018, to offer patient choice. This includes BCRM thereby directly replicating historic provision. Eligible couples will be offered choice of the following six providers when their funding is confirmed, with details of each clinic and where to get more information to inform their decision.
- Bath Fertility Centre
- Create Health Ltd
- Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM)
- London Women’s Clinic (Wales) Limited
- Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
- The Centre for Reproductive & Genetic Health, London
Services are provided on the same basis as before and patients continue to have access to the same range of services.