We are happy to accept referrals from clinical genetics services across the UK. Each referral for PGD is considered individually. Since April 2013, NHS England agreed to central funding for couples living in England and, if the defined criteria are met, couples may be entitled to up to three cycles of PGD.
For couples living in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, it is necessary to make an individual application for funding to the relevant health authority. There is no NHS funding for HLA tissue typing.
Funding criteria include:
- at least a 10% risk of having a child with a serious genetic condition*
- the female partner must be under 40 years old at the time of treatment**
- the female partner has a BMI of more than 19 and less than 30
- both partners are non-smokers (including e-cigarettes)
- the couple has no living unaffected child from their current relationship (England, Scotland and Wales only)
- the couple is not seeking PGD primarily because they are infertile
- the couples has had genetic counselling from a geneticist or registered genetic counsellor
- the couple must have been in a stable relationship for at least one year, and living together at the same address.
*for chromosomal rearrangements, this includes the risk of miscarriage due to an unbalanced translocation.
**Our service defines active treatment as hormonal medication. For this reason, regrettably we are unable to accept referrals for women over the age of 39 and 6 months. For women between the ages of 39 and 39 and 6 months, we will need to consider their requirements on a case-by-case basis.
We also require that the molecular diagnosis be confirmed in a CPA-accredited NHS laboratory. Parents of de novo cases must have been confirmed molecularly.
If your couple does not meet the above criteria but you still believe they should be considered for funding due to exceptional circumstances, please contact us to discuss further ahead of the referral. Couples can also consider self-funding or private options.