Good news: NHS fertility treatment in Essex to be reinstated

NHS fertility treatment will be reinstated for patients in Mid-Essex and Basildon & Brentwood and access improved in other parts of Essex.

The change, which is due to be implemented at the start of April 2023, is happening because Mid and South Essex integrated care board (ICB) is harmonising its fertility policies across the areas it covers, which include Mid-Essex, Basildon & Brentwood, Southend, Thurrock and Castlepoint & Rochford.  From 1 April, Mid and South Essex ICB will offer women under 40, two partial IVF cycles (comprising one fresh and one frozen embryo transfer). Women aged 40-42 will be offered one partial IVF cycles (comprising one fresh and one frozen embryo transfer). Same-sex couples will be able to access NHS fertility treatment after having 6 IUIs (these must be privately funded).

Under current policies: there is no access to any NHS fertility treatment in Mid-Essex and Basildon & Brentwood; women under 40 in Southend can only access one partial IVF cycle and women aged 40-42 cannot access any NHS fertility treatment; and
women aged 40-42 in Thurrock cannot access NHS fertility treatment.

If you are affected by these changes and are happy to talk about this to the media (you can be anonymous), please email Catherine at with brief details of your situation and how to contact you.