Waiting target for IVF patients met

All patients in Scotland seen within one year but women in Edinburgh face longest waits

Wednesday 28th August 2019

All of the patients on IVF treatment waiting lists were seen within the target year-long waiting time, according to health service statistics published yesterday.

Four centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow saw 290 patients from April to June this year.

All of the patients had their screening appointment within the target 365 days, with around three-quarters waiting less than six months.

However staffing difficulties at the Edinburgh centre saw nearly two-thirds of patients experience waits of up to a year.

Under IVF, an egg is removed from the woman's ovaries and fertilised with sperm from a partner or donor in a laboratory, before being returned to the woman’s womb to grow.

Couples can access three full cycles of treatment if they meet requirements relating to weight, chances of success and being in a stable relationship.

Public health minister Joe FitzPatrick said “Scotland continues to lead the way” when it comes to IVF.

He said: “Over the past five years we have invested around £28m to reduce IVF waiting times and improve the outcomes for patients. We want to make access to treatment on the NHS as fair as possible - giving more people the opportunity to conceive.”