Working for you, in your area, where you need us
Around 1 in 6 couples in the UK today are struggling to conceive – that’s over 3.5 million people. The prospect of facing any kind of infertility can be very distressing to live with and many people feel that no-one else really understands what it feels like to have to face this.
We know how important it is to have support from people who understand what you are going through, and in particular who know the specific issues faced in your local area. Our regional staff provide exactly that support, as well as working closely with local healh providers including GPs and fertility clinics to ensure that they understand what's important to you.
Infertility Network Scotland is the first branch of Infertility Network UK, and our Scottish staff work closely with the Scottish Government and other relevant organisations in Scotland to provide you with the information appropriate to you.
Our staff in Northern Ireland tackle the different issues faced by those in that area as well as providing local support through support groups and links to other local organisations.
We can provide local support in Scotland thanks to funding we receive from the Scottish Government. In Northern Ireland we receive some funding from the Health & Social Care Board, as well as from one of our Corporate Partners towards the cost of our regional network. Across England and Wales the support needed is the same, although the issues faced by people can be very different, depending on where you live and the ‘Postcode Lottery’ approach to funding. However due to lack of funding we struggle to provide vital local support in England and Wales. One of our Corporate Partners funds a part time post in the London area but that still leaves a huge area of England, and Wales, where we really want to provide more local support. Patient feedback indicates that support group meetings and information events have not only been a channel of comfort and reassurance, but the provision of quality local information they receive at these events, often first hand from those at the forefront of treating patients, is invaluable, and we will continue to try to find some additional funding to enable us to expand our services across England and Wales.
Meantime our head office staff are always happy to help with information or to direct you to the right person in your local area. Just get in touch by email or call us.