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Last year 100% of IVF patients in Lanarkshire began treatment within 12 months of referral, beating a key Scottish Government target.

Health boards have a target to begin IVF treatment within 12 months for 90% of eligible patients. A total of 220 patients began IVF treatment throughout the NHS Lanarkshire health board in 2017.

The news has been welcomed by Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey who said that patients in Scotland receive “the fairest and most generous access to IVF in the UK”, after the Scottish Government last year confirmed that women under 40 referred for fertility treatment would be eligible for three rounds of IVF, rising from 2 cycles, increasing the chances of conceiving a baby.

During the quarter ending 31 December 2017, 81% of patients across Scotland were screened within six months.

Commenting, SNP MSP Clare Haughey said:

“It is great news that the Scottish Government’s IVF waiting times target has been well exceeded, with 100% of patients across Lanarkshire beginning treatment within a year of being referred.

“IVF treatment can be life-changing, giving those with fertility problems the opportunity to start a family.

“But it can also be a nerve-wracking wait – which is why it’s so important that treatment begins on target.

“The SNP expanded the availability of IVF treatment, giving those who need it the fairest and most generous access to IVF in the UK.”




2017 Seen within 0-365 days Over 365 days
Ayrshire & Arran 70 70 0
Borders 27 27 0
Dumfries & Galloway 28 28 0
Fife 71 71 0
Forth Valley 57 57 0
Grampian 199 199 0
Greater Glasgow & Clyde 481 481 0
Highland 78 78 0
Lanarkshire 220 220 0
Lothian 256 255 1
Tayside 79 79 0
Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles 9 9 0
Scotland 1575 1574 1


Date published: 28th February 2018

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