If you’re not eligible for IVF treatment on the NHS or you’ve decided you want to go private, there are plenty of clinics to choose from. The private fertility clinics on this page are the best of the best:

  • They’ve achieved a “5/5” inspection rating from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).
  • They’ve received a patient rating of at least “4/5” on the HFEA website.
  • They have an average Google rating of at least 4 stars (out of 5).
  • They have an IVF birth rate that’s at least “consistent with the national average”.

Before we get started… a quick word about “success rates”

“Success rates” means different things to different clinics. Often, it means, “We’ll publish any statistics that make us look better than our competitors – even if those statistics are misleading or meaningless – and we’ll ignore all the other numbers.”

Don’t fall for it! The most important things to remember are:

  • Most UK IVF clinics have very similar success rates to each other. Almost all are “consistent with the national average” (meaning they’re just a few percentage points in either direction of the average). Just two are significantly “below” and two are significantly “above” the national average.

  • The most reliable “success rate” measure is “birth rates per embryo transferred” (not “per embryo transfer” or “per embryo transfer event” – which seem very similar but are different).

    This is the preferred measure of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) for assessing IVF success, and I agree that it’s the most useful measure in most instances. The HFEA publishes “birth rates per embryo transferred” data for all clinics in the country, but clinics can decide to publish other data on their own websites (which, as mentioned above, many of them do).

    For more information about why this is the most useful measure, read my article about IVF success rates and what they mean.

Right… on with the list!

Click on a region below:

South West

Bath and Bristol

Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine

Southmead Hospital
Bristol
BS10 5NB
0117 414 6888

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: 4.9/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Be aware! The BCRM website’s “success rates” page is frustratingly vague and confusing. (The clinic actually does slightly worse than the national average on the key “births per embryo transferred” metric, but you’d never know that if you were to look at the website.) Use the HFEA’s information on the clinic’s success rates instead: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/295/.

Bath Fertility Centre

Roman Way
Bath Business Park
Peasedown St John
Bath BA2 8SG
0176 143 4464

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 5/5
Google rating: 4.4/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Bonus points! The Bath Fertility website provides easy-to-understand, easy-to-compare success rates – including “births per embryo transferred”. (Read the top of the page for why this is a good thing.)

Southampton

Wessex Fertility Limited

The Freya Centre
72-74 Anglesea Road
Southampton
SO15 5QS
0238 070 6000

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: 3.8/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Note: the Wessex Fertility website doesn’t publish the “births per embryo transferred” statistic that’s arguably the most reliable measure of success. Use the HFEA’s information on the clinic’s success rates instead: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/57/.

Devon

South West Centre for Reproductive Medicine

Assisted Conception Unit, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Derriford Hospital
Plymouth
Devon
PL6 8DH
01752 432621

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4/5
Google rating: N/A (reviews are for the hospital as a whole)
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

This is an NHS hospital that also provides private treatment.

South East

Eastbourne

Sussex Downs Fertility Centre

BMI The Esperance Hospital
Hartington Place
Eastbourne
BN21 3BG
0132 341 1188

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 5/5
Google rating: N/A (reviews are for the hospital as a whole)

IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Brighton and Hove

The Agora Gynaecology and Fertility Centre

The Agora Ellen Street
Brighton & Hove
BN3 3LN
01273 229410

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4/5
Google rating: 4.2/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Be aware! The success rates published on the Agora website are confusing and misleading – and they don’t include the “births per embryo transferred” statistic that’s arguably the most reliable measure of success. Use the HFEA’s information on the clinic’s success rates instead: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/254/.

Portsmouth and Southampton

Wessex Fertility Limited

The Freya Centre
72-74 Anglesea Road
Southampton
SO15 5QS
0238 070 6000

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: 3.8/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Note: the Wessex Fertility website doesn’t publish the “births per embryo transferred” statistic that’s arguably the most reliable measure of success. Use the HFEA’s information on the clinic’s success rates instead: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/57/.

Reading

Nuffield Health Woking Hospital

Shores Road
Woking
Surrey
GU21 4BY
0800 015 5020

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: N/A (reviews are for the hospital as a whole)
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Maidenhead

Thames Valley Fertility – new clinic

Clarion House
Ground Floor Norreys Drive
Maidenhead
Berkshire
SL6 4BY
01628 882400

Inspection rating: new clinic (no ratings published on HFEA website yet)
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: 4/5
IVF birth rate: new clinic (no birth rates published on HFEA website yet)

This is a new clinic, so the HFEA doesn’t have birth statistics for it yet. The clinic is included in this list because it already has excellent patient reviews.

Milton Keynes

CARE Fertility Northampton

67 The Avenue
Cliftonville
Northampton
NN1 5BT
0160 460 1606

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 5/5
Google rating: 3.9/5

IVF birth rate: above the national average

Bonus points! The CARE Northampton website provides easy-to-understand, easy-to-compare success rates – including “births per embryo transferred”. (Read the top of the page for why this is a good thing.)

Essex

Bourn Hall Clinic (Colchester)

1b Charter Court Newcomen Way
Severalls Business Park
Colchester
Essex
CO4 9YA
01206 844 454

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4/5
Google rating: 3/5 (but included in this list because there’s currently only one Google review)
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Note: the Bourn Hall website doesn’t publish the “births per embryo transferred” statistic that’s arguably the most reliable measure of success. Use the HFEA’s information on the clinic’s success rates instead: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/188/.

Bourn Hall Clinic (Wickford) – new clinic

25 London Road
Wickford
Essex
SS12 0AW
01268 661700

Inspection rating: new clinic (no ratings published on HFEA website yet)
HFEA patient rating: 5/5 (only one review at the time of writing)
Google rating: 5/5
IVF birth rate: new clinic (no birth rates published on HFEA website yet)

This is a new clinic, so the HFEA doesn’t have birth statistics for it yet. It’s included in this list because most of Bourn Hall’s other clinics (in other parts of the country) have decent success rates and reviews.

Surrey

Nuffield Health Woking Hospital

Shores Road
Woking
Surrey
GU21 4BY
0800 015 5020

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4/5
Google rating: N/A (reviews are for the hospital as a whole)
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

London

London and Greater London

Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health (CRGH)
Read my full review of CRGH here

230-232 Great Portland Street
London
W1W 5QS
020 7837 2905

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: 4/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Note: CRGH provides a huge amount of “success rates” data on its website, but doesn’t include the “births per embryo transferred” statistic that’s arguably the most reliable measure of success.

I’m not sure why, because their numbers are impressive. In fact, I’d argue that their success rates are above the national average – and I’m confused about why the HFEA has only classified them as “consistent with” the national average. Read the HFEA’s page on CRGH to learn more about the clinic’s success rates: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/44/.

IVF London – new clinic

Caspian House
The Waterfront Elstree
Borehamwood
WD6 3BS
020 8207 4115

Inspection rating: new clinic (no ratings published on HFEA website yet)
HFEA patient rating: 5/5
Google rating: 5/5
IVF birth rate: new clinic (no birth rates published on HFEA website yet)

This is a new clinic, so the HFEA doesn’t have birth statistics for it yet. It’s included in this list because it already has excellent patient reviews.

City Fertility

16 St John Street
London
EC1M 4NT
020 8209 3226

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: 3.9/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Be aware! The City Fertility website barely contains any information about success rates – apart from two rather unhelpful bar charts. Rather than visit the website, read the HFEA’s page on City Fertility to learn more about the clinic’s success rates: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/9094/.

Lister Fertility Clinic

The Lister Hospital
Chelsea Bridge Road
London
SW1W 8RH
020 7730 5932

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: 3.8/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Note: while Lister Fertility Clinic gets bonus points for using the most useful metric – “births per embryo transferred” – its “success rates” page is full of hard-to-grasp, hard-to-compare data. It’s easier to read the HFEA’s data on the clinic here: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/6/.

CARE Fertility London
Read my full review of CARE London here

Park Lorne
111 Park Road
London
NW8 7JL
020 7616 6767

www.carefertility.com/our-clinics/ivf-clinic-london/ 
https://www.carefertility.com/contact-us/ (contact page)

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 5/5
Google rating: 4.5/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Bonus points! The CARE London website provides easy-to-understand, easy-to-compare success rates – including “births per embryo transferred”. Read the top of this page for more about why “births per embryo transferred” is the most reliable measure of success.

King's Fertility

1st Floor, Unit 6
KCH Business Park
Denmark Hill
London
SE5 9RS
020 3957 7950

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: 4.2/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Note: while the success rates published on the King’s Fertility website are comprehensive and detailed, they don’t include the “births per embryo transferred” statistic – which is arguably the most reliable measure of success. It’s worth reading the King’s Fertility “success” page, but be sure to read the HFEA’s information too: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/109/.

East

Cambridge

Bourn Hall Clinic (Cambridge)

High Street
Bourn
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB23 2TN
01954 719 111

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4/5
Google rating: 4.7/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Note: the Bourn Hall website doesn’t publish the “births per embryo transferred” statistic that’s arguably the most reliable measure of success. Use the HFEA’s information on the clinic’s success rates instead: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/100/.

Yorkshire and the Humber

Sheffield

CARE Fertility Sheffield

24-26 Glen Road
Sheffield
S7 1RA
0114 258 9716

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: 4.4/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Bonus points! The CARE Sheffield website provides easy-to-understand, easy-to-compare success rates – including “births per embryo transferred”. Read the top of this page for more about why “births per embryo transferred” is the most reliable measure of success.

Jessop Fertility

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Jessop Wing Tree Root Walk
Sheffield
S10 2SF
0114 226 8050

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4/5
Google rating: N/A (reviews are for the hospital as a whole)
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

This is an NHS hospital that also provides private treatment.

Be aware! The success rates published on the Jessop Fertility website are frustratingly vague and misleading. (The clinic actually does slightly worse than the national average on the key “births per embryo transferred” metric, but you’d never know that if you were to look at the website.) Use the HFEA’s information on the clinic’s success rates instead: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/196/

Kingston upon Hull

Hull IVF Unit

The Women and Children’s Hospital
Hull Royal Infirmary
Anlaby Road
Hull
HU3 2JZ
01482 382 648

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: no reviews yet (I’ve included them in this list because of their 5-star reviews on Google.)
Google rating: 5/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Note: while Hull IVF gets bonus points for using the most useful metric – “births per embryo transferred” – its “success rates” page is full of confusing data and terminology. It’s easier to read the HFEA’s data on the clinic here: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/21/.

Middlesbrough

James Cook University Hospital

Department of Reproductive Medicine
Marton Road
Middlesbrough
Cleveland
TS4 3BW
01642 282733

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: N/A (reviews are for the hospital as a whole)
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

This is an NHS hospital that also provides private treatment.

West Midlands

Birmingham

CREATE Fertility Birmingham

Ground Floor
6270 Bishop's Court Birmingham Business Park
Solihull
B37 7YB
01216679821

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4/5
Google rating: 4.8/5
IVF birth rate: new(ish) clinic (no birth rates published on HFEA website yet)

This is a relatively new clinic, so the HFEA doesn’t have birth statistics for it yet. The clinic is included in this list because it already has excellent patient reviews.

Staffordshire

CARE Fertility Tamworth (formerly IVI Midland)

Tamworth House Ventura Park Road
Tamworth
B78 3HL
01827 311170

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 5/5
Google rating: 4.1/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Shropshire

Shropshire and Mid-Wales Fertility Centre

Seven Fields Health Village Sundorne Road
Shrewsbury
SY1 4RQ
01743 261 199

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 5/5
Google rating: no reviews yet
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

This is an NHS hospital that also provides private treatment.

East Midlands

Nottingham

NURTURE Fertility

25 Business Park
Bostocks Lane
Sandiacre
Nottingham
NG10 5QG
0115 896 1900

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 5/5
Google rating: 4/5
IVF birth rate: above the national average

Bonus points! The NURTURE Fertility website publishes its “births per embryo transferred” stats – and it does so in a way that’s easy to read and understand. Read the top of this page for more about why “births per embryo transferred” is the most reliable measure of success.

CARE Fertility Nottingham

John Webster House
6 Lawrence Drive
Nottingham Business Park
Nottingham
NG8 6PZ
0155 852 8100

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4/5
Google rating: 3.9/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Bonus points! The CARE Nottingham website provides easy-to-understand, easy-to-compare success rates – including “births per embryo transferred”. Read the top of this page for more about why “births per embryo transferred” is the most reliable measure of success.

Northampton

CARE Fertility Northampton

67 The Avenue
Cliftonville
Northampton
NN1 5BT
0160 460 1606

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 5/5
Google rating: 3.9/5
IVF birth rate: above the national average

Bonus points! The CARE Northampton website provides easy-to-understand, easy-to-compare success rates – including “births per embryo transferred”. Read the top of this page for more about why “births per embryo transferred” is the most reliable measure of success.

North West

Manchester

Reproductive Health Group

Centre for Reproductive Health
Daresbury Park
Daresbury
Cheshire
WA4 4GE
0192 556 8217

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: 4.8/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Be aware! The success rates published on the clinic’s website are confusing – and they don’t include the “births per embryo transferred” statistic that’s arguably the most reliable measure of success. Use the HFEA’s information on the clinic’s success rates instead: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/9127/.

St Mary’s Hospital

The Department of Reproductive Medicine
Old Saint Mary's Hospital Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9WL
0161 276 6340

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4/5
Google rating: N/A (reviews are for the hospital as a whole)
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

This is an NHS hospital that also provides private treatment.

Liverpool

Hewitt Fertility Centre

Liverpool Women’s Hospital
Crown Street
Liverpool
Merseyside
L8 7SS
0151 282 7501

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4/5
Google rating: 4.8/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

This is an NHS hospital that also provides private treatment.

Be aware! The Hewitt Fertility Centre website’s “success rates” page has vague bar charts and a confusing medley of information – and it doesn’t include the “births per embryo transferred” statistic that’s arguably the most reliable measure of success. Use the HFEA’s information on the clinic’s success rates instead: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/7/.

Reproductive Health Group

Centre for Reproductive Health
Daresbury Park
Daresbury
Cheshire
WA4 4GE
0192 556 8217

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: 4.8/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Be aware! The success rates published on the clinic’s website are confusing – and they don’t include the “births per embryo transferred” statistic that’s arguably the most reliable measure of success. Use the HFEA’s information on the clinic’s success rates instead: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/9127/

North East

Newcastle upon Tyne

Gateshead Fertility Unit

Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Avenue
Gateshead
NE9 6SX
0191 482 0000

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 5/5
Google rating: N/A (reviews are for the hospital as a whole)
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

This is an NHS hospital that also provides private treatment.

Note: the Gateshead Fertility Unit online presence consists of a couple of paragraphs on the main Gateshead Health website. For more information, it’s probably best to give them a call.

Darlington

London Women’s Clinic, Darlington

Woodlands Hospital
Morton Park
Darlington
Durham
DL1 4PL
01325 371 070

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 5/5
Google rating: 5/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Note: the clinic’s website doesn’t publish the “births per embryo transferred” statistic that’s arguably the most reliable measure of success. Use the HFEA’s information on the clinic’s success rates instead: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/75/

Northern Ireland

GCRM  – Belfast

Edgewater Business Park
Edgewater House
Edgewater Road
Belfast
BT3 9JQ
028 9078 1335

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 5/5
Google rating: 3/5 (I’ve decided to include the clinic in this list despite the low rating because 1: there were so many 5/5 ratings on the HFEA site, and 2: there are only two reviews on Google at the time of writing. One is 5 stars and the other is 1 star.)
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Be aware! The GCRM Belfast website seems to contain cherry-picked success rates that make the clinic look superior to its competitors. You can find the HFEA’s (more useful) data for GCRM Belfast here: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/9106/

Scotland

Glasgow

GCRM Fertility

21 Fifty Pitches Way
Cardonald Business Park
Glasgow
G51 4FD
0141 891 8749

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: 4.2/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Be aware! The GCRM Fertility website seems to contain cherry-picked success rates that make the clinic look superior to its competitors. You can find the HFEA’s (more useful) data for GCRM Fertility here: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/250/

Wales

Glamorgan

Centre for Reproduction & Gynaecology Wales (CRGW)

Ely Meadows
Rhodfa Marics
Llantrisant
CF72 8XL
01443 443 999

Inspection rating: 5/5
HFEA patient rating: 4.5/5
Google rating: 4.3/5
IVF birth rate: consistent with the national average

Be aware! The clinic’s website doesn’t publish the “births per embryo transferred” statistic that’s arguably the most reliable measure of success. Use the HFEA’s information on the clinic’s success rates instead: https://www.hfea.gov.uk/choose-a-clinic/clinic-search/results/316/

What's more, while CRGW's success rates for “live births per embryo transferred” is actually slightly lower than the national average (albeit still within the average “range”), it has a MUCH higher rate of multiple births for all age groups – which indicates they have a habit of transferring more than one embryo at a time. This is something all clinics have been encouraged to reduce, because of the many high risks to both the mother and her babies

 

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