Waiting times

The Scottish Government has  provided additional funding for IVF treatment which has reduced waiting times – see below for current information.    For further information, please contact anne.mcconnell@nhs.net.

The waiting time for a first cycle of treatment, from date of referral, is currently 6-9 months.

If the first cycle is unsuccessful, we can provide a second cycle within 3-4 months.  If there are embryos in storage, these can be transferred after 2-3 months.


The waiting time for patients who are funding their own treatment is short; once a decision has been made to go ahead and any tests have been carried out, we can normally start within 6-8 weeks.

If they wish, patients may self-fund a cycle while on the NHS waiting list, but if your self-funded cycle is successful, you will no longer be eligible for NHS-funded treatment.

The current costs of treatment can be seen on the “costs” page of our website. If you would like to fund a cycle yourself, please contact Anne McConnell.

Waiting times for consultation

Patients referred specifically for assisted conception are normally seen in the Unit for consultation within six weeks of referral although during holiday periods this may be longer.

Criteria for NHS funded treatment


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