Changes to the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM)

Over the last eight years, thousands of babies have been born as a result of treatment at the Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine (BCRM) and this would not have been possible without the commitment and dedication of our staff as well as the support of patients.

Since BCRM joined North Bristol NHS Trust in 2008, there has been a reduction in the number of NHS patients receiving treatment with us, with more couples now self-funding their treatment.

We are proud of the service we’ve been providing; however, following a review last year, the Trust decided to discontinue the provision of Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) licensed fertility services such as IVF.

If you are a self-fund patient

North Bristol NHS Trust is currently reviewing arrangement for self-fund patients. BCRM will however continue to accept referrals, see and treat self-fund patients until further notice.

Those patients with gametes and embryos currently in self-funded storage at the Centre should expect those to remain safe and secure at BCRM. Patients will be notified of any change in management of these samples and their consent sought as per HFEA regulation.

If you are an NHS patient

NHS fertility treatment provided by BCRM is funded by the Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

North Bristol NHS Trust gave notice to the CCG that it no longer intended to supply fertility treatment services from 1 December 2017.

The CCGs have carried out a procurement exercise to appoint a new provider and on 3 October 2017 announced their decision to award the contract for the supply of NHS fertility services to Bath Fertility Clinic. For further information visit www.southgloucestershireccg.nhs.uk/news/new-contract-nhs-assisted-conception-services

The contract comes into effect on 1 December 2017 and any new GP referrals for NHS fertility treatment meeting the CCG access criteria will be sent to Bath Fertility Clinic from that point. 

NHS patients currently having treatment or in treatment planning at BCRM up to a last egg collection date of 15 December  2017 will be able to complete their cycles at BCRM. Those in treatment on this date will continue to be seen at BCRM until mid-January when their cycle comes to an end. Patients will not be transferred to Bath Fertility Clinic during a cycle of started treatment.

NHS patients currently in treatment planning but who do not start treatment in time for the final NHS patient egg collection session at BCRM on 15 December will be transferred to Bath Fertility Clinic to start their treatment from 1December.

BCRM are working with the CGG and with Bath Fertility Clinic to ensure a smooth transfer of this NHS patient care.

Those patients with gametes and embryos currently in NHS funded storage at the Centre should expect those to remain safe and secure at BCRM. Patients will be notified of any change in management of these samples and their consent sought as per HFEA regulation.

NHS funded patients with stored embryos who are eligible for a frozen embryo transfer (FET) following a fresh cycle of treatment already completed at BCRM will be able to undertake this FET in the care of NBT.

NHS funded general infertility services (including fertility assessment, investigations and surgery) will continue to be provided by the Trust and are unaffected by these changes. Couples will continue to by referred by their GP to the Trust General Fertility service and if as a result of this assessment it is decided that a couple require NHS fertility treatment they will be referred to Bath Fertility Clinic after December 1 2017.

North Bristol NHS Trust and Bath Fertility Clinic will work together to ensure an appropriate referral process between assessment and treatment services is in place for NHS fertility patients.

If you have any queries please email BCRM@nbt.nhs.uk or telephone 0117 4146888 and we will get back to you as soon as possible.