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Anyone else been referred from North Wales to Shrewsbury?

I'm just trying to find anyone from the North Wales area who has been referred by NHS to Shrewsbury? I have my first appointment with Shrewsbury next week and was wondering what the wait from initial consultation to starting treatment was. How does it work across health boards? I'm hearing conflicting times from 18 weeks to 18+ months!! Taken us 6 years of fighting to get this far (apparantly we got lost in the system and was then told we didn't qualify anyway when in fact we did).

Be great to hear from anyone else who has been or is going through Wales - Shrewsbury :)

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Hi samjones83.All this can be quite confusing hearing different "start" dates. It might be an idea to contact your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and ask them. Once you have an idea you could then contact the clinic you will be attending, and say you would be willing to accept a cancellation if it might speed up things for you. Have a look at fertilityfairness.co.uk where you can view the criteria for your area and find CCG's address. Good luck with it all. Diane

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A long time ago I was referred to Shrewsbury from Wales. It wasn't for fertility but it was for gyno issues and I found the hospital very good and the whole process really easy. I didn't have to wait long and there was good communication between my gp in Wales and the hospital- better than now where the gp is in the same area as the hospital! Good luck xx

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Hey sweet I was under Shrewsbury as I live in Telford, I was referred in February, had our group information session in March and we started treatment in April. I was also told the same that waiting time was 18 weeks but it wasn't that at all :) give the clinic a call, everyone there is lovely and make you feel so welcome :)

Good luck xx

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Ah thanks :) It seems to work differently if you are referred from Wales and the 18 week rule doesn't count. I'm going on Thursday so I'm gonna ask then what we should expect.

I've only heard good things about the clinic so far so that's making me feel much better:) xx

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I cannot fault them at all! The day I called them to let them know of our BFP a couple of the nurses were in the background the doctor and the receptionist, they all started cheering, I was a blubbering mess haha!! Xx

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Thank you all so much for your replies. Really made me feel at ease for Thursday 😁 Figures crossed won't be much more of a wait after that xx

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Hi just came across this.. looks like an older post but hopefully someone sees it 😊 I've been referred to shrewsbury from Wales. Got seen initially quite quickly... then took a few months to have some tests and scans. My last appointment was with the Consultant and that was at the beginning of May. It's October now and nothing 😕 Driving me mad. I just want the letter saying it's our turn. Was wondering SamJones how you got on x

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I'm in the car on my way for egg collection 😁 The 12 month clock for Wales starts from when you see the constultant I think because Wales won't release the funds. Then you have to wait for the clinics waiting list which is about 12 weeks. You won't get anything until then I'm afraid unless you have any medical reasons for being fast tracked. We didn't. Good luck! If you have instagram I use that more than here now @evahopefull

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Hi KimE88 I have only just started with shewsbury but they have been very helpfull maybe you could try and call them to see if there is any update? Or ask your gp just in case? I have my test 1st of november and seeing consultant end of month to discuss next step as already had one tube removed due to ectopic and maybe having the other now also removed due to endometrosis. Would this count as a medical reason? Also good luck samjones83 x

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I think it might. I think it’s having any condition that would make it difficult/impossible to conceive naturally counts. My understanding is that drastically reduces the waiting time to around 16 weeks. Don’t forget to ask at the consultant appointment (although he’ll probably tell you anyway, he did us). The consultant appt was a bit quick. Felt a little rushed and as nice as he was he just read our history and said I’ll see you in a year. That said since actually starting IVF the whole team have been lovely, Yvonne particularly. Good luck! X

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Thank you both for your replies!! Yea I rang beginning of November and they said I’m looking after the next financial year... so won’t be seen now til prob after April. Hope the egg collection went ok samjones! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 and good luck Roberts 91 on your journey. Yea I felt the consultant app went really quick and couldn’t remember any of my questions... remembered loads on the way home 🤦🏼‍♀️🤦🏼‍♀️ the nurses couldn’t have been nicer on the phone tho! Just going to try and enjoy Christmas and hope for a baby filled 2018!!! Xxx

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Thanks KimE88 have been informed now don't need to have the other tube removed luckily. Been informed as well that I wown't hear more until next financial year either. Do you know how much in advance do we get informed roughly if our staring date? Enjoy Christmas both of you and hopefully 2018 will be a good one!! Xxx

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