Covid-19 and Fertility Treatment
On the 18th March 2020, the British Fertility Society (BFS) and the Association of Reproductive Clinical Scientists (ARCS) published guidance on fertility treatment during the Covid-19 epidemic. This can be read by following the link https://www.britishfertilitysociety.org.uk/2020/03/18/guidance-for-the-care-of-fertility-patients-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic/
On the 19th March 2020 the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) issued instructions based on this guidance, effectively suspending the non-essential activities of all Licensed Fertility Clinics in the UK.
Concept Fertility is therefore moving to a lockdown arrangements and will be manned only by a skeleton staff. If you have embryos or gametes in cryogenic storage, they will continue to be looked after in the appropriate manner.
We also pass our good wishes and support to the NHS staff and volunteers who are fighting this epidemic on all our behalfs. Our own Medical Director is an NHS Surgeon and will be devoting all his energies there during the epidemic, and several of our staff are also volunteering to help the NHS. We pass our particular good wishes and support to them.
Please follow the national guidelines on COVID-19, or Coronavirus, to prevent spread of the virus. These are published by Public Health England https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
This message will be updated as and when relevant information becomes available, and particularly with details when we are allowed to reopen. In the meantime, keep well and keep your spirits up until we are through this Covid-19 epidemic.
The team at Concept Fertility.