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24 hours left for people to have their say on plans to cut IVF funding in parts of South West

Proposed changes could give the South West the strictest IVF criteria in the country. Photo: ITV West Country

There are just 24 hours left for people across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire to have their say on plans to cut NHS funding for IVF.

Proposed changes could restrict treatment to women aged between 30 and 35 - making the area the first in the UK to limit services to such a narrow age range.

Three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) are involved in the consultation. Credit: ITV West Country

Kitty Webster has spent years trying for a child. Now she fears her chances of success could be further reduced.

Currently, women in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire must be under 40 and have been trying to conceive for at least two years to qualify for one cycle of IVF treatment on the NHS.

New proposals would restrict eligibility for that single cycle to women aged between just 30 and 35.

This change would cut provision for the area in half, from around 400 women a year to 200.

The area is already below the national guidelines of up to 3 cycles for women under the age of 40.

The proposed changes would lower the age for IVF eligibility to 35. Credit: ITV West Country

Private fertility treatment can cost up to £7,000 per cycle.

Success rates from a first cycle can be as low as 30%.

Success rates from a first cycle of IVF can be as low as 30%. Credit: ITV West Country

Adding to the worries of many women is the impending closure of the NHS fertility treatment at Southmead Hospital.

New providers are expected to take over with a promise to continue NHS treatment.

The local Clinical Commissioning Group responsible for authorising healthcare services says it will take all comments on board before making a decision.

"We know how hard it can be for couples who are struggling to conceive and will continue to offer fertility treatment to hundreds of people every year.

"We want to hear views ... about our proposals and will be reviewing all the comments in detail before making any decisions."