The role of the NHS at CRGH and how we work together

1 in 6For many couples, having a baby is a dream – a dream that doesn’t always come so easily. One in six couples have trouble conceiving and must turn to fertility treatments in order to complete their family. For the last 25 years, The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health (CRGH) has helped hundreds of couples realise their dream.

We offer a full range of fertility treatments ranging from artificial insemination and in vitro fertilisation to egg and sperm donation and everything in between. We also happen to be the second largest – and oldest – facility in England to offer preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). One of the things that we’re most proud of is our long-term contract with NHS England (National Health Service).

If you don’t already know, NHS England is a branch of the Department of Health that oversees budgeting, planning, delivery, and daily operation as required by the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Each year, NHS England distributes more than £100 billion to health facilities and holds those facilities accountable for using that money as effectively as possible. Additionally, NHS England commissions contracts for a variety of health professionals, such as dentists, pharmacists, and general practitioners (GPs).

We’re particularly proud of our contract with NHS England, as we are one of the few private fertility clinics to have such an honour. We currently have 3 NHS contracts namely

  • NHS England
  • University College Hospital, London
  • East of England

If you are seeking fertility treatments, particularly PGD, and would like to work with CRGH, because our contract is with NHS England, we are required to take all of our referrals from clinical geneticists. Throughout England, there is a clinical genetics service that serves the region. If you wish to meet with a clinical geneticist, speak to your GP – he or she should be able to point you in the right direction. If your GP doesn’t have this information, you can do a simple search online for ‘regional genetics services’ to find your regional office to make an appointment. Patients must meet with a clinical geneticist so that they may see the patient and work out any mutation abnormalities in order to make the referral to CRGH.

If you belong to Camden, Islington or North West London CCG and are being monitored at the Reproductive Medicine Unit, University College Hospital London you will automatically have your egg collection and embryo transfer at CRGH.

Similarly if you belong to the East of England region, and wish to have your treatment with us please inform your GP/Consultant and they will refer you to us.

At CRGH, our experienced and friendly staff members are here to help you every step of the way. Once we receive your referral, we not only work closely with the NHS, we work closely with you.