Update 14 January 2021
Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic and increasing pressure on the wider NHS at GRI we are currently unable to book new IVF or ICSI cycles or PGT treatments. Other treatment types will continue and you should continue to attend all scheduled appointments and follow clinical advice on your specific treatment pathway. We will notify all affected patients when we are able to resume treatments.
If you require further support during this difficult time please visit www.fertilitynetworkuk.org or contact them by telephone: 01294 279162 Mobile: 07411752688
We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Prof Scott Nelson on behalf of the GRFC Team
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) published updated advice on 30 December 2020 to advise that women who are trying to become pregnant do not need to avoid pregnancy after vaccination.
Getting vaccinated before pregnancy will help prevent COVID-19 infection and its serious consequences. In some cases, women will need to make a decision about whether to delay pregnancy until after the vaccine becomes available to them. There is no evidence to suggest these type of vaccines cause issues with fertility.
Further information can be found on the following websites should you require.
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.