Temporary pausing of new IVF cycles
Due to the increase in Covid-19 pressures, we have taken the difficult decision to temporarily pause some new IVF cycle treatments at the Department of Reproductive Medicine at Saint Mary’s Hospital. This is to allow some clinical staff to be deployed to areas of urgent clinical need. This decision has not been taken lightly and we appreciate how distressing this may be for our patients/service users.
We advised you that we would update our website on the 1st February and the decision to continue with the temporary pause of some new IVF cycles treatments in the Department remains unchanged. It is likely this decision will remain in place until the end of February. This decision will continue to be kept under review and we will next provide an update on 28th February 2021.
We are seeking to provide the egg collection and embryo transfer elements of fresh IVF cycles at our independent sector partners, where possible, for patients who are medically suitable for this.
We appreciate that this decision means a delay for some patients undergoing fresh IVF cycles and for patients who have already waited a long time to reach this stage, we recognise that this pause will be disappointing.
The Fertility Unit at Saint Mary’s is continuing to provide other fertility treatments that do not require anaesthetic support, including frozen embryo transfer, intra-uterine insemination and ovulation induction.
We are continuing to see patients in our outpatient clinics and our counselling service and phone lines remain open to all our patients.
Some patients may choose to delay starting their treatment until the peak of the pandemic has passed and we will support you in this choice. Please see the following links for up to date information about Covid-19 and pregnancy, and for information about the Covid vaccine for women planning to have a baby:
However, please do let us know if your period starts and you would like to request treatment. Even if we are not able to accept you for treatment at this time, it will help us advise you for the future.
We are able to arrange treatment on a satellite basis for suitable patients at an independent sector provider. Please contact us when your period starts so that our nurses and doctors can review your notes and advise if this is a suitable option for you.
If there are any changes before 28th February we will update our website. Please be assured that we will be working hard to resume these treatments at the Department of Reproductive Medicine at Saint Mary’s Hospital as soon we can.
Website updated 2 February 2021
For more information regarding COVID-19 please refer to www.mft.nhs.uk.
Patient Information and Consent for Fertility Treatment
Please see the useful links below for-
Patient Information – IVF Treatment
You and your partner are also required to read the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA) consent forms (HFEA CD form, HFEA WT form and HFEA MT form) in the links below:-
HDEA CD Form
HFEA WT Form
HFEA MT Form