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Will having private investigations affect NHS treatment?

KW83
KW83

Hi All, I had my first internal scan last month, query bilateral hydro so they wanted to repeat that scan and possibly do a HyFoSy to confirm. I tried to get an appointment for this month but there were none available. I'm really struggling with not knowing for sure and the thought of having to wait another month, with her possibility of not getting an appointment then either, is really hard. Does anyone know if you can go and have investigations done privately and then go back to the NHS clinic with those results for the next steps? I really want to get things moving because I turn 35 in December which is cut off for funding in our area,but obviously don't want to mess things up if NHS won't accept the results of private investigations. Any advice greatly appreciated! Thanks x

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Just giving this a bump for you! I don’t have the answer I’m afraid but would also like to know if you find out! I would like these investigations done too and they didn’t deem them necessary at the nhs clinic Im with... I saw a private fertility specialist for a second opionion during before starting treatment and she wrote with her recommendations to my GP. I’m sure if you had private tests they would do the same. Maybe investigate the private tests and ask what their procedure is in handing over to NHS?

Hi we had some private investigations which were passed on to our NHS clinic, and didn't affect treatment. However I'm not entirely sure that the NHS clinic took all the tests as correct and we had to redo some of them. My husband had to do sperm analysis again because apparently the private clinic only did the basic tests (which we were a bit p1ssed about considering we paid for them). I had to do my blood tests again anyway because the NHS took so long for treatment. I would advise speaking to the NHS clinic, and also make sure you don't pay for anything when you do go NHS because it confuses them when people do private investigations first.

Thanks ladies. I'm just being impatient really! 😉 I spoke to a private clinic today and they said they couldn't guarantee the NHS would accept their results, and that by the time I had had all the initial consultations they would need to do it probably wouldn't be any quicker in this particular case. Also, we'd have to pay for repeats of tests we've already had. Surprisingly helpful really! So I guess we just have to wait a bit more 🙄 Thanks for the replies and good luck to you both x

You will need to contact your clinic or CCG to check if it would affect your funding. It depend upon your CCG- such a lottery isn’t it my fertility doctor didn’t mind us running private tests. I ran a load of blood tests and scan - this meant I could start treatment straightaway! Definitely worth it. Sorry your clinic have given you the run around- they don’t understand how delays distress people in our situation. Good luck I really hope your clinic don’t mind and you can get answers/ get the ball rolling xoxo

KW83
KW83 in reply to jess1981

Thanks Jess and so sorry to read that the results of your surgery weren't what you hoped. Take care of yourself xxx

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Hi. I had my HSG privately before my appointment at the NHS clinic (I saw a consultant privately and she referred me for it)- but I had it privately at the same NHS hospital so they were able to access the results on their system and it was essentially the same test. It’s worth seeing if your NHS clinic does private tests too. Generally as long as it’s not treatment, it shouldn’t affect your NHS cycle but as Jess has said it’s better to be sure. Viral blood tests have to be within the last three months of the cycle.

Good luck- if you are having lots of issues with your clinic, consider speaking to their PALS service.

KW83
KW83 in reply to Hidden

Thanks Zoe. I'm ringing to heck for cancellations on Monday so will ask them if they do private tests on site, but I don't think they do. The consultant does all the foetal medicine as well so pretty busy. I don't have a complaint against the clinic - they simply don't have enough capacity. It's just frustrating! Thanks for the reply x

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