To all patients of Leeds Fertility
19th March: Update
It is with regret that we have to inform you that all fertility treatments have to discontinue until further notice because of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic. This is as the result of the latest guidance from the British Fertility Society and Association of Reproductive Clinical Scientists and is supported by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
Those who have already started ovarian stimulation for IVF may still have an egg collection but we shall be freezing any good quality embryos. Those with frozen embryos have to stop treatment and we will keep the embryos safely frozen. All other treatments (such as ovulation induction and IUI) also have to discontinue.
We have been very reluctant and sad to take this step as we know how much the treatment means to you. These are unprecedented and very difficult times for all working in the National Health Service and we have to turn our attention to managing the developing situation as best we can.
Our aim is to reopen as soon as is safe to do so and we will ensure that patients are contacted in chronological order to restart their treatment and care.
The clinic will continue to hold outpatient telephone consultations and counselling. For telephone consultations; the Admin team will contact all patients to confirm appointments. For counselling telephone appointments; for those patients currently on the waiting list we will contact you. If you wish to self-refer for counselling and you are not on our waiting list, please contact us and we will arrange details in due course. If you are already pregnant and are experiencing any problems, or if you are concerned about how you are feeling please ring the unit and a member of our team will do their very best to help you.
We would like to reassure you that there is no clear evidence of risk to pregnancy for those infected with COVID-19. However, we would advise all patients to follow the national guidance:
- Reduce social contact for the next 12 weeks, wash your hands often with soap and water and try not to touch your face.
- If you have a new continuous cough, or high temperature (over 37.8c) please stay at home for seven days (if you live alone) or 14 days if you live in a household with other people.
- Please do not visit your GP or hospital. If you need advice please visit 111.nhs.uk/covid-19 - if your symptoms are severe please call NHS111
Once again we are very sorry for the inconvenience that this will cause.
Professor Adam Balen, Clinical Lead, Leeds Fertility
Karen Thompson, Consultant Embryologist (HFEA Person Responsible)
Victoria Rawnsley, Lead Nurse