In theory, you should be able to have PGD treatment on the NHS anywhere in the UK. However, only 70% of Primary Care Trusts (PCT) actually provide funding the procedure so, to a certain extent, your postcode will determine your availability of treatment.
You will also need to meet your local hospital's criteria for treatment. Each PCT stipulates different requirements, with some refusing funding if you already have unaffected children or if you are over a certain age.
It's also worth remembering that there will be waiting lists for PGD funding in the UK. These can vary quite considerably from region to region but expect a wait of three or four months. This can be a painfully long wait, but if you want free treatment on the NHS, it is unavoidable.
If you are lucky enough to live in an area of the UK where PGD is available, you can either choose to have the treatment at your local hospital or use a more specialist unit such as Guy's and St Thomas' Centre for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis. If approved, they will apply to your local PCT for the funding for your treatment.
Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis is also available at a number of private clinics in the UK, as well as on a private basis in some NHS hospitals. For example, you can pay for PGD treatment at Guy's and St Thomas or you can try a solely private clinic such as the renowned Bridge Centre in London. Prices vary, but expect to pay in the region of £1,000 - £2,000. PGD combined with IVF will cost £6,000 - £9,000 per treatment cycle..
If you are choosing to have PGD privately in the UK, it's essential to do as much research as you can when choosing a clinic. Although most providers of the procedure in the UK offer good standard of care and treatment, some are significantly better than others.
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