Last year 100% of IVF patients in Ayrshire & Arran began treatment within 12 months of referral, beating a key Scottish Government target.

Health boards have a target to begin IVF treatment within 12 months for 90% of eligible patients.

A total of 70 patients began IVF treatment in Ayrshire & Arran in 2017.

Patients in Scotland receive the fairest and most generous access to IVF in the UK, after the Scottish Government last year confirmed that women under 40 referred for fertility treatment would be eligible for three rounds of IVF.

During the quarter ending 31 December 2017, 81% of patients across Scotland were screened within six months.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Cunninghame South, Ruth Maguire, said:

“It is great news that the Scottish Government’s IVF waiting times target has been well exceeded, with 100% of patients in Ayrshire & Arran beginning treatment within a year of being referred.

“IVF treatment can be life-changing, giving those with fertility problems the opportunity to start a family.

“But it can also be a nerve-wracking wait – which is why it’s so important that treatment begins on target.

“The SNP expanded the availability of IVF treatment, giving those who need it the fairest and most generous access in the UK.”