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Coronavirus Covid-19 update

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Latest update 24 March 2020 

The safety of patients, colleagues and the public, is paramount. As the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19), has reached a lockdown situation, BCRM is following relevant national guidance.

We are revising our approach in light of the following:

  • The number of people in the UK infected with Covid-19 appears to be rising rapidly
  • The UK is now in lockdown
  • Latest guidance (23th March) from the British Fertility Society who have advised all clinics to suspend undertaking Fertility treatment.

 

MEASURES BCRM WILL BE TAKING

FERTILITY TREATMENT 

In line with the above and the announcement by the Prime Minister on 23rd March 2020, we have taken the following action:

 

IVF/ ICSI treatment:

We are not undertaking IVF or ICSI treatment until further notice. The last egg collections will be on Wednesday the 24th of March. Embryos held in storage will be transferred at a later date.

 

FET – frozen embryo transfer treatment:

We are no longer undertaking any embryo transfers whether frozen or fresh.

Your embryos will be transferred at a later date when safe to do so. You will incur no further treatment charge to re-commence treatment other than purchasing further medication if required.

 

IUI – intra uterine insemination:

We will not be undertaking any IUI treatments or inseminations. If you are already in treatment, this will be discontinued and there will be no further charge to recommence treatment at a future date apart from purchasing medication if applicable.

 

Egg donation treatment:

Suitable embryos created with the use of donor eggs will be stored for up to a year and will be transferred at a later date at no extra cost.

 

**PLEASE NOTE**

We will not be undertaking any procedures within the BCRM building after the 24th of March.

We intend to plan and prepare patients for treatment remotely for the future.

 

THE FOLLOWING WILL CONTINUE TO TAKE PLACE: 

Patients with cancer seeking fertility preservation will continue to be supported and gametes stored.

Using telephone or Skype or video as preferred method:

  • New consultations
  • Follow up consultations
  • Fertility and treatment advice
  • Consultations and planning for fertility treatment such as IVF/ ICSI/ IUI/ Donor sperm/ Donor eggs

 

ATTENDING BCRM

Please do not come to the clinic after the 24th unless instructed to do so for an emergency

 

We can also assure you that we hope to be able to start new treatment cycles as soon as possible. Any updates will be posted on this webpage.

We thank our patients for their understanding in these difficult circumstance.

Please contact us if you wish to discuss your personal situation

For the nurses: nurses@bcrm.org.uk  or 07747 031393

 

Please also see: 

Guidance for the care of fertility patients during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

https://www.hfea.gov.uk/about-us/news-and-press-releases/2020-news-and-press-releases/an-open-letter-to-fertility-patients-sally-cheshire-cbe-chair-hfea/

www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

www.hfea.gov.uk/about-us/news-and-press-releases/2020-news-and-press-releases/hfea-coronavirus-covid-19-guidance/

www.hfea.gov.uk/treatments/covid-19-and-fertility-treatment/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-professionals/