Health chiefs in the Vale of York, which covers parts of Ryedale, have added their support to providing fertility treatment for women who are struggling to conceive.
The NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has joined the Scarborough and Ryedale CCG in lifting the In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) ban introduced in 2011 by health chiefs to save money.
One cycle of IVF has now been agreed for individuals who meet the criteria, such as being aged between 23 and 39-years-old; non-smokers for sixth months prior to referral, and to be in a stable relationship for at least two years.
A full description of the criteria is available at www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/ivf.
The CCG will use the criteria to develop a Fertility Policy for the Governing Body to consider at its meeting on August 7.
Dr Emma Broughton, the CCG’s Clinical Lead for Women’s health, said: “I am delighted that for the first time in five years, IVF is now going available to couples in the local area.”