Advice for Fertility Patients – COVID 19
We appreciate that everyone will be naturally concerned about the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Currently the Department for Health in the UK and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is not advising that women should avoid becoming pregnant. Similarly the British Fertility Society (BFS), The Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS) and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), our regulatory body, have issued guidance stating that fertility treatments may continue as planned.
Orbit Fertility, Leeds Fertility & Jessop Fertility are following the situation carefully and prioritise the health and welfare of all our patients. The current scientific evidence does not indicate that the virus can be transmitted to a baby during pregnancy. We do know, however, that high fever, of whatever cause, may be associated with an increased risk of miscarriage. If you have any concerns please do let us know and if you feel you would rather not proceed with treatment at this stage then we will fully understand.
If your treatment has started and you are well, then we suggest that you complete the treatment. However, if you have symptoms suggesting a high likelihood of having COVID-19 (fever and/or cough, shortness of breath, and exposure within 6 feet of a confirmed COVID-19 patient), we would like you to let us know and we will advise either discontinuing treatment or possibly freezing embryos depending upon how far you have progressed with the treatment.
PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO THE CLINIC IF YOU THINK YOU MAY BE INFECTED, FOLLOW NHS GUIDANCE AND RING 111.
We are increasing the number of telephone consultations, wherever possible, to avoid travel to the clinic. At present we are seeing new patients in clinic and by telephone consultation, so long as they are asymptomatic and have not been to high risk areas within the last week (7 days).
There is a possibility that the situation may change rapidly if the hospital starts to struggle with increased demand for medical services, which may require us to discontinue our service and redeploy staff to other departments within the hospital. Please continue to keep an eye on our website / social media for any updates on this situation.