It is rare that any of the health insurers will fund your case. We are very sympathetic to the expense of private care, especially when couples may have already expended very large sums in other fertility units. However, we will do all we can to limit the costs and to tailor the right investigations to the right patient. To help with this, it is important that you bring all the test results that you have to the first consultation. Hormone levels, genetic tests and previous semen analysis results are all helpful.
Many patients, not surprisingly, want to make sure that they have everything which they need prior to the appointment.
In our experience, a lengthy e-mail conversation prior to the appointment is not of benefit. We will usually reply to the first, but not usually thereafter.
Preliminary telephone consultations are sometimes helpful, but it is best for us to meet for a formal 45-minute appointment.
First appointments, when further tests are usually required, are best arranged in London, either at 18 Devonshire Street or at the Windsor Spire Clinic. Follow-up consultations, particularly when a sperm test is required to check on the effect of treatment, may be easier to arrange in the Windsor Clinic where semen analysis (and results) can be undertaken at the same time as the follow-up appointment. There is free parking at the Windsor Clinic, and a convenient bus service directly from Heathrow. The clinic is an easy walk from Windsor (Town) Station.
For 18 Devonshire Street, the nearest tube is Regent’s Park. Parking in the street can usually be found, but costs are high.