Coronavirus and IVF treatment – 13th May 2020
Covid 19 – Update 13th May 2020
We are pleased to announce that we have today had approval from the HFEA (our regulator), to reopen the Hull IVF Unit. This is following a significant number of measures and plans being put in place to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.
The team at the Hull IVF Unit are delighted to be in a position to restart treatment cycles in a phased and considered manner.
Our priority is to ensure the safety of our patients and staff. We understand that there will be a lot of questions, from both new and existing patients, about the measures we have put in place and how we plan to restart treatments. This page outlines the changes we have made and the steps we are taking, in a phased approach, to welcome patients back to the Unit.
We have continued to keep in touch with existing patients. Our clinical team are now in the process of reviewing medical notes and contacting patients who had their treatment postponed due to the Covid-19 emergency.
There is a need to review each patient on an individual basis to understand their medical history and what is needed to restart treatment. We will be reopening the clinic on a phased basis, to ensure a minimum number of patients are in the Unit at any one time, and we are able to maintain all social distancing obligations. If you have had your treatment cancelled due to Covid-19 we will be in touch over the coming days and weeks.
To maintain the safety of all patients and staff, all consultations are currently being carried out on the telephone and by video links.
If you would like to book a new private consultation with one of our specialist fertility consultants, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please use the contact us form.
One of our dedicated support team will contact you shortly to discuss the most appropriate appointment for you.
Changes we have made:
All the changes needed to continue to give patients the best possible care and support during these difficult circumstances are in place. Below are a few of the changes we have made:
- Visits to the Unit – during this time we need to restrict the number people coming into the Unit. This is important to ensure we can see patients safely and follow the necessary Social Distancing guidance. Until further notice, all visits to the Unit must be carried out on an appointment basis.
- Patient Appointments – Although it’s understandable that patients want to attend appointments with a partner or close family member, to minimise the risk to both patients and staff during this time, only the patient should attend their appointment. Until further notice, partners will not be able to join the patient for any appointment, including Ovum Retrieval and Embryo Transfers. We hope to reassess this in the future. This is an important change to reduce the number of people in the Unit at any one time.
We have processes in place to ensure that consent forms are completed safely and thoroughly.
- Arrival at the Unit – To ensure that we reduce the number of patients in our reception area, we are asking that all patients attending an appointment at the Unit to call us on arrival. We will then let patients know if it is safe to enter the Unit or wait until other patients have left the reception area.
- Clinic Layout – We have carried out extensive risk assessments of all clinical and administrative areas to ensure that social distancing can be maintained.
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – We have access to all necessary PPE equipment and have no shortage of supply. We will continue to ensure that we comply with local and national guidance for use of PPE.
- Hand Wash and Sanitiser – These are available at various points throughout the Unit and the main hospital building.
- Patient Triage – We have introduced a patient triage process to ensure we do not put any patients or staff at unnecessary risk. One of our clinical team will go through this with you in detail before you restart/start a treatment cycle.
- Staff Training – all of our team will be fully trained on any changes to working practices before treatment activity recommences.
- Counselling Appointments – We understand that your fertility journey can be an emotional time, particularly in the current climate. Although we cannot currently offer face to face counselling appointments, our counsellor, Jane, is continuing to offer support sessions by telephone, and online using Zoom.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and keep you updated of any changes. If you would like any further information or support, please contact us, we are here to help you.
Page Last Modified: 13th May 2020