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Canterbury and Coastal: What’s your view on fertility treatment?

User AvatarPosted by Bobbie Walkem-Smith at 24/07/2013 12:13:12

The NHS wants to hear your views on fertility treatment.

National guidance on the assisted conception services has been reviewed nationally and NHS Canterbury and Coastal Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are keen to hear what local people think.

The survey, which covers Kent, Medway and Sussex, will run until 12 August.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recently reviewed its clinical guidelines on fertility, which was last published in 2004. As a result, CCGs need to review decisions about how best to meet the assisted conception needs of people across the local area.

As part of the review, the CCG will consider the new NICE recommendations, local capacity and resources, population needs, and the views and experiences of local clinicians and patients.

The survey asks respondents for their views on:

• treatment referral
• options for same-sex couples, people with physical disabilities or psychosexual problems, and
• fertility preservation for patients undergoing treatments which may affect their future chance of conception, such as chemotherapy.

Dr Mark Jones, Chair of NHS Canterbury and Coastal CCG, said: “Going through IVF, or any sort of fertility treatment, can be an incredibly daunting and emotional experience. I’d encourage anyone who has experience or an interest in these services to take the time to fill in our short survey. Your feedback is valuable in making sure we tailor services to the needs of our local community.”

The questionnaire is open to people across Kent, Medway and Sussex. To take part in the survey, click here. The questionnaire is available until 5 August 2013.


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