You will need to be referred to us by your GP; who will take a general history, some routine blood tests, and request a semen sample for analysis (Devon formulary guidance).

Both partners should be

  • Non-smokers
  • Have a healthy BMI of between 19-29.9
  • And to have been having regular sexual intercourse for 2 years but unable to conceive.

As long as you meet the above criteria and routine investigations have been carried out (by your GP) with available results, we can then assess you, continue with your treatment, refer you to CRGW for IVF or discharge you, if appropriate.


It is vital both partners are available at your first appointment with the infertility team.

  • Yourself and your partner will be weighed and BMI checked
  • Yourself and your partner will be tested for smoking using a C02 analyser
  • Please can you both bring along a form of photo ID either passport or driving licence, with a photocopy where you can.


Eligibility for fertility treatment on the NHS

Fertility treatment funded by the NHS varies across the UK. Waiting lists for treatment can be very long in some areas.

The eligibility criteria can also vary. A GP will be able to advise about your eligibility for treatment, or you can contact you local clinical commissioning group (CCG).

If the GP refers you to a specialist for further tests, the NHS will pay for this. All patients have the right to be referred to an NHS clinic for the initial investigation.


Where will I go for my fertility treatment?

Once you are ready for a referral, we only use CRGW (Centre for Reproduction and Gynaecology Wales and West) in this Trust. If you wanted to go elsewhere, the clinic you choose would have to apply for your funding themselves.


The team:

Consultants: Joanne Page, Karla Lochhead

Clinical Nurse Specialist: Sarah Black – s.black4@nhs.net  Tel 01752 430089


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