Coronavirus COVID-19 Please help us to keep you and others safe
In conjunction with NHS GGC we are taking steps towards reopening. We are focused on putting appropriate measures in place to ensure safe and effective treatments in combination with minimising patient and staff risk of Covid 19.
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COVID19 Update 23th May
Glasgow Royal Fertility Clinic has been permitted by the HFEA to restart treatment.
We are delighted to be able to confirm that Glasgow Royal Fertility Clinic has been given permission by the HFEA to recommence fertility treatments. We are aware many of our patients are keen to commence their treatment and have already been in touch to find out when they can start.
To provide safe and effective treatments in combination with minimising patient and staff risk of Covid 19 we have introduced many changes to our environment and ways of working.
We understand patients are very keen to have specific dates for starting treatment cycles however we need to put processes in place to keep everyone safe. While we will do all we can to begin your treatment as promptly as possible, the restrictions under which all fertility clinics are now operating means we will have to monitor the number of cycles carefully which will reduce capacity at this time.
We plan to start treatment with frozen embryo transfers, firstly prioritising patients who were unable to have a fresh embryo transfer and secondly those patients who had a frozen embryo cycle cancelled. We will start contacting these patients from Tuesday 26th of May and where appropriate, make a treatment plan. The next group of patients to be contacted will be those who had a fresh cycle of IVF or ICSI treatment booked and had their treatment paused before egg collection.
We will make contact with you as soon as possible.
If we had to postpone your treatment and you do not receive a call from us straight away, please do not worry, we will contact you as soon as we can.
We have been working closely with Fertility Network Scotland who you can contact for support, advice or further information. Telephone: 01294 279162 Mobile: 07411752688
Thank you for your continued patience and understanding
COVID19 Update 19th May
On Monday 18th May 2020 we submitted our application to the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) to restart our services.
To enable us to satisfy the HFEA criteria for safe opening we have reviewed and revised our current procedures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission and infection while ensuring the safety of our patients and staff. We are working hard with the Scottish Government and local NHS Health Board to have detailed plans in place for resuming treatment as safely and as timely as we possibly can.
We appreciate that all patients are very keen to start and restart their treatment and that this wait is very difficult for you. If we had to postpone your treatment due to the COVID-19 closure, we will contact you directly as soon as we can to provide a timeline and treatment plan.
Please be assured we will be in touch as soon as possible.
For more information please see https://www.hfea.gov.uk/
DO NOT COME TO THE CLINIC IF
- if you have an acute respiratory infection (with at least one of the following symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath);
- or you have been in the previous 14 days in a country with community transmission of the virus according to the CDC;
- or you have been in close contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19;
- or you have been in a hospital where COVID19 patients are hospitalized,
YOU SHOULD NOT COME TO THE CLINIC AND POSTPONE YOUR TREATMENT
If you have symptoms of COVID-19
If you've developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild.
Phone your GP or NHS 24 (111) if your symptoms:
- are severe or you have shortness of breath
- worsen during home isolation
- have not improved after 7 days
You should also phone your GP or NHS 24 (111) if you develop breathlessness or it worsens, especially if you:
- are 60 years old or over
- have underlying poor health
- have heart or lung problems
- have a weakened immune system, including cancer
- have diabetes
If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.
What is Coronvairus and what is the background?
On 31 December 2019 the Health Commission of Hubei Province, China announced a cluster of unexplained cases of pneumonia. Isolation and genome sequencing of the virus identified it as the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). On the 11 February 2020, the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses defined the virus as "Acute severe respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2" (SARS-CoV-2), with the associated respiratory disease COVID-19 (CO-rona VI-rus D-isease 2019). The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unique challenges to the global healthcare community, with rapid escalation of the number of affected individuals and associated mortality over recent weeks. Clinical and public health guidance has primarily focused on minimising the potential health impact using the best available scientific advice and evidence to inform decision making to help contain the virus, delay its spread and mitigate its effect on infected individuals. Countries have adopted individualised timing of risk reduction strategies reflecting their differential risk assessments, with Italy having the largest number of affected cases outside of China.
What is the risk to pregnant women of getting COVID-19? Is it easier for pregnant women to become ill with the disease? If they become infected, will they be more sick than other people?
We do not currently know if pregnant women have a greater chance of getting sick from COVID-19 than the general public nor whether they are more likely to have serious illness as a result. Pregnant women experience changes in their bodies that may increase their risk of some infections. With viruses from the same family as COVID-19, and other viral respiratory infections, such as influenza, women have had a higher risk of developing severe illness. It is always important for pregnant women to protect themselves from illnesses.
How can pregnant women protect themselves from getting COVID-19?
Pregnant women should do the same things as the general public to avoid infection. You can help stop the spread of COVID-19 by taking these actions:
- Cover your cough (using your elbow is a good technique)
- Avoid people who are sick
- Clean your hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Can COVID-19 cause problems for a pregnancy?
We do not know at this time if COVID-19 would cause problems during pregnancy or affect the health of the baby after birth.
Can COVID-19 be passed from a pregnant woman to the fetus or newborn?
We still do not know if a pregnant woman with COVID-19 can pass the virus that causes COVID-19 to her fetus or baby during pregnancy or delivery. No infants born to mothers with COVID-19 have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. In these cases, which are a small number, the virus was not found in samples of amniotic fluid or breastmilk.
If a pregnant woman has COVID-19 during pregnancy, will it hurt the baby?
We do not know at this time what if any risk is posed to infants of a pregnant woman who has COVID-19. There have been a small number of reported problems with pregnancy or delivery (e.g. preterm birth) in babies born to mothers who tested positive for COVID-19 during their pregnancy. However, it is not clear that these outcomes were related to maternal infection.
FEE POLICY IF TREATMENT AFFECTED BY COVID-19
- Should your treatment have to be postponed during ovarian stimulation because of you becoming unwell with COVID-19, we will recommence the ovarian stimulation once you are well at no additonal cost.
- Should you become unwell after your oocyte retrieval we will freeze all suitable embyros at day 5 and your first frozen embryo transfer will be at no additional cost.
- Should you wish to postpone your treatment after booking we will hold your funds until it is feasible for you to commence treatment.