After reviewing our COVID-19 screening policy we have extended the timeframe for a COVID test to within 10 days of your treatment dates (e.g. egg collection, frozen or recipient embryo transfer or hycosy). We've also removed the need for a COVID test prior to any non-theatre procedures, such as pregnancy scans or ultrasounds. This is to allow test results to be back safely in time for your procedures, and allow more options for patients to use testing facilities outside of Complete Fertility when necessary.
NOTE FOR PARTNERS
Due to the current COVID restrictions on footfall to our hospital, partners and support people are unfortunately not allowed to attend any appointments unless requested to do so by a member of staff. This also applies to embryo transfers and pregnancy scans. We will continue to review this and will change our policy to get partners back in as soon as it is safe to do so. We encourage you to use face-time or similar to involve your partner or support person as much as possible during any appointments.
- Patient support
- Helping with prevention. In order to protect our patients, staff and colleagues, in line with social distancing guidance, we are continuing to offer consultations via telephone and Zoom.
- Continued patient support. At Complete Fertility we are dedicated to supporting our patients. Our fertility specialist counsellor and senior nurse are available should you need them. Please contact us to speak to someone on 02380010570.
- Keeping your gametes safe. Please be assured that all frozen gametes and embryos continue to be in storage, and are unaffected by the current situation. There is 24hour monitoring equipment that records and monitors the cryo-storage tanks, and an on-call system is in place. All maintenance, and upkeep is carried out as per our usual work schedule.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us on 02380010570 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- What are we doing to protect our patients and staff?
We are ensuring our teams maintain high hygiene standards, following all infection control protocols including hand sanitisation before and after contact with our patients; following social distancing etiquette by maintaining the one-metre rule of distance, except when carrying out an essential medical procedure (such as taking blood); and washing down all surfaces between patients with disinfectants.
Our staff will be avoiding direct physical contact with patients such as handshakes. We do appreciate how hard this is, not to be able to have the warmth of physical support when you are going through the emotional journey of IVF but it is important for your safety.
Children are currently prohibited from attending the clinic at this time.
What do I do if I or my family acquire COVID-19 or are exposed to it during fertility treatment?
Clearly, if a woman or her family acquire COVID-19 or are exposed to it, the situation changes. It is important to discuss this with your fertility specialist.
You must not attend the clinic if you or your family have been exposed to COVID-19 and your cycle will need to be cancelled. We, therefore, recommend that you follow all possible precautionary measures during your treatment to reduce your exposure risk.
- About COVID-19
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness caused by a new virus. Symptoms range from a mild cough to pneumonia. Some people recover easily, others may get very sick very quickly. There is evidence that it spreads from person to person. Good hygiene can prevent infection.
How to protect yourself from COVID-19
Wash your hands properly and regularly:
- after coughing or sneezing
- after toilet use
- before eating
- before and after preparing food
- if you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms
- if your hands are dirty.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze.
- Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Importantly, stay at home if you are feeling unwell.
Follow the travel advice from the Public Health England www.nhs.uk
Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
Avoid shaking hands, hugging or kissing upon greeting colleagues, friends or family.
Read a step-by-step guide on respiratory etiquette and how to properly wash your hands and avoid infection
Follow the advice on how to protect yourself from coronavirus
Anyone who knows they have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days and has symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever) should:
- isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room, with a phone,
- call their GP or emergency department.
Close contact means either:
- face-to-face contact; or
- spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of an infected person; or
- living in the same house as an infected person.
Symptoms of coronavirus
It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear.
The symptoms of coronavirus are:
- a fever (temperature above normal);
- cough; shortness of breath; breathing difficulties. If you have these symptoms and have been in an affected area or in contact with a confirmed case, contact your local GP.
When you may need to be tested for coronavirus
If your doctor thinks that you need a test for coronavirus, they will tell you where the test will be done. They will also tell you when to expect your results.
How coronavirus is spread
Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. You could get the virus if you:
- come into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing; or
- touch surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on.
- The vaccine
There has been new guidance issued from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on 30th December 2020. This states that if you are considering use of the vaccine you should discuss the risks and benefits of this with your clinician – either your GP or your specialist.
Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination.
Hence, we are no longer advising a two month wait after a final dose of vaccination.
Here are the full recommendations:
Pre-pregnancy & during pregnancy (see JCVI 30 December 2020 guidelines):
- Clinicians should discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with the woman, who should be told about the absence of safety data for the vaccine in pregnant women.
- Although the available data does not indicate any safety concern or harm to pregnancy, there is insufficient evidence to recommend routine use of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy.
- Vaccination in pregnancy should be considered where the risk of exposure to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2) infection is high and cannot be avoided
- Vaccination in pregnancy should be considered where the woman has underlying conditions that put them at very high risk of serious complications of COVID-19.
- JCVI does not advise routine pregnancy testing before receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine.
- Women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination.
- If a woman has had the first dose and then becomes pregnant, she should be advised to delay the second dose until after the pregnancy is over (unless she is at high risk)
We will continue to review the recommendations and keep our patients informed.