Fertility Consents

ACU, Ninewells will soon be replacing traditional paper-based consenting with a digital consenting system. Fertility Consent is a secure online platform that enables patients to remotely access the relevant medical and legal information to provide informed consent and digitally sign consent forms for their fertility treatment, thus eliminating the need for paper information leaflets and consent forms.  Fertility Consent provides a complete library of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) consent forms and individual clinic consent forms that are automatically allocated to each patient and partner according to their treatment and personal circumstances. The platform also provides a library of materials and easy-to-understand videos that explain each fertility treatment and HFEA form in a clear and engaging way. 

We will be introducing this for all new patients over the coming weeks and for return patients as we progress.  To enable us to provide this service we require up to date contact numbers for all patients, if you have been recently referred or are due to have an appointment with the ACU, Ninewells soon please contact us to provide us with up to date contact details for each partner on 01382 496475 or alternatively email tay.acusecretarial@nhs.scot 

NHS Criteria from 1st April 2017

Up to three cycles of treatment will be provided (this only applies to patients referred from 1st April 2017).  All NHS patients must meet the following criteria:

  • Unexplained infertility of at least two years’ duration or six cycles of donor insemination. 
  • Couple should be in a stable co-habiting relationship for at least two years.
  • Neither partner has undergone a sterilisation procedure.
  • One partner has no biological children.  Same sex couples will not be eligible if they have a child at home whom both have consented to legal parenthood. 
  • Female partner fresh cycles to be initiated by 40th birthday and all subsequent Frozen Embryo Transfers (FET) to be completed by their 41st birthday.  If female partner turns 40 during the first cycle no further fresh treatment will be offered. 
  • If female is age 40 to 42, one cycle of treatment may be funded for couples if: the female has not previously had IVF treatment, there is no evidence of poor ovarian reserve and if in the treating clinicians view it is in the patients best interest and the couple screened by the time of the female partners 42nd birthday and all treatment including frozen embryo transfers must be completed by age 42+364 days. 
  • Female partner’s BMI must be over 18.5 and below 30. 
  • Both partners must be non-smoking for at least 3 months before being added to the waiting list and during treatment.  This includes any form of nicotine replacement therapy and e-cigarettes with and without nicotine. 
  • Both partners to abstain from illegal and abusive substances. 
  • Both partners to be methadone free for one year prior to treatment. 
  • Neither partner should drink alcohol prior to or during treatment.

The treatment criteria will be re-applied prior to each cycle. Following each cycle, a full review of the outcome will be discussed. If it is decided that treatment is unlikely to be of benefit, further treatment will not be offered and your NHS entitlement will be withdrawn.

If frozen embryos are available, transfer of these must be carried out before another fresh cycle is started.

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We work closely Fertility Network Scotland please visit their website https://fertilitynetworkuk.org/ 

Fertility Network offers support groups across the UK. Our fertility support groups offer a chance to meet up, chat and share experiences with others who are also trying to conceive.

Please email sarah@fertilitynetworkscotland.org or call/text Sarah on
07849 712 967 for further details and other support available to you.


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