BHRUT to provide NHS-funded IVF treatment

15 October 2019

From today (15 October 2019) people living in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge will be able to choose to receive NHS-funded in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment from Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT). 

BHRUT offers IVF cycles with a comparable or higher pregnancy success rate than the national average through their partnership with Guy’s and St Thomas’s Assisted Conception Unit. The unit has a 40 per cent success rate and, overall, results compare favourably with national data. 

This service has been available for people who self-fund for more than two years and will complement the gynaecological sub-fertility services (e.g. fertility testing and investigation) that BHRUT currently offers people living in BHR. 

Care closer to home

The extension of the IVF service to include BHRUT as a provider will enable local people to receive care closer to home, and there will be continuity of care for those couples who have already been referred to BHRUT for sub-fertility investigations. The extended service will deliver high quality care and an excellent patient experience. 

What this means for local people

Barts Health NHS Trust (Barts) and Homerton Hospital (Homerton) will continue to provide IVF services for new and existing patients from across BHR. If you are currently receiving NHS-funded IVF treatment you do not need to do anything - you will continue to receive uninterrupted IVF treatment from your current hospital provider. 

Please note, the extension of this service is an additional patient choice option and you will still be able to choose to receive IVF services from Barts or Homerton. 

We have informed all local GPs of the extension of the IVF service to enable them to advise and support you to choose the best hospital provider for your needs.