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Working with the NHS

Posted on 27.8.15

The Bridge Centre is honoured to be treating NHS-funded patients within the East of England.

These patients include women living in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk who meet the eligibility criteria of their local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and have been referred to us for their NHS treatment.

The clinics’ latest NHS association with the East of England CCGs follows the Bridge Centre's successful bid for the treatment contract in late 2014. Christina Champion, director of operations at the Bridge Centre says, “the Bridge Centre demonstrated that it could perform the treatments within budget, to the standards set and on target.”

“NHS patients will be treated in exactly the same way as the clinic's private patients and should expect the same level of care and the same rates of success”

Treatment of NHS patients has long been a valuable tradition at the Bridge. The Bridge Centre has treated NHS patients from the South-East of England for more than 20 years.

The result is that the Bridge Centre will now be treating a good number of East of England NHS patients throughout the three-year contract. “It's an exciting prospect,” says Dr Shailaja Nair, fertility specialist at the Bridge Centre, who emphasises that the new NHS patients coming to both clinics will be treated in exactly the same way as the clinic's private patients and should expect the same level of care and the same rates of success.

Short treatment wait

Eligible East of England couples referred for treatment as NHS patients at the Bridge Centre can expect short waiting times - IVF can usually start within six weeks or less of the consultation.

NHS treatment: How it works


Are you eligible?
Each CCG has set criteria and will differ in terms of what treatment will be funded. Funding for fertility treatment may not be available if you or your partner already has children or if the female partner is over a certain age or has a BMI over 29.

How do I get started?
The first step is to see your GP who will discuss your fertility status and potentially send you for some initial investigations. Following these investigations you may then be referred to see a specialist at your local NHS fertility clinic (secondary provider) who may carry out further investigations. If treatment is required, your consultant will refer you on to a clinic such as the Bridge Centre to provide fertility treatment for you.

You can find out more about NHS treatment at the Bridge Centre here


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