Fertility treatment and COVID-19 - Frequently asked questions
Is there anything I can do to plan for my treatment after the pandemic?
We are continuing to offer consultations by Skype or telephone. If you already have a recent ultrasound scan and semen analysis (if not using donor sperm), we should be able conduct a full consultation and, using our secure patient portal, complete all necessary documentation and consents, in order to plan for your treatment as soon as we are allowed. If you have not completed your investigations a consultation can still be valuable; not least to offer advice and support as well as planning the investigations as soon as we are able.
How will I know when my clinic can treat me?
Our plan is to keep in regular contact with you and to keep you informed as things progress. We will also keep our website up to date, but if you have any specific questions, please contact us.
Will I need to repeat my blood tests before treatment?
Depending on how much time passes before we can initiate your treatment, we may need to repeat some of your blood tests. We will aim to minimise this and also the costs associated with it.
Which treatments are proceeding during the pandemic?
We are currently working to complete treatments which have been initiated. No new stimulations will start after 30 March. All treatment starting (stimulation) this week will need to be freeze-all and all must be completed by freezing the embryos on/before 15 April 2020.
Will there be a waiting list for treatment after the pandemic and how would CARE Fertility handle this, if so?
It is hard to anticipate what the future holds but if we do experience a backlog of patients wanting to have treatment after the pandemic, we will proceed as soon as we can with treatments which have already been planned. We will also work as efficiently as possible to see everybody wanting treatment, both privately funded and NHS funded.
Will frozen embryos be safe if clinics aren't open for treatments?
Definitely. Our Embryologists will be continuing to regularly monitor and maintain our storage tanks which hold sperm, eggs or embryos. They are also continuously electronically monitored for liquid nitrogen level and temperature, and alarmed.
I am due to have a first appointment with a scan and consultation - since you cannot do a scan via Skype, will this be cancelled?
Our intention is to proceed with the consultation so that you are as well informed as possible and can plan for the future. However, we recognise that if the consultation is 'incomplete' due to a lack of tests, then a later follow up will be free of charge. This follow up is likely to be a telephone conversation, backed up with a letter to discuss whether the test results change your plans.
I only have NHS funding for fresh transfers, but I have been advised to do a freeze-all. Where does that leave me?
We understand that these are somewhat unusual circumstances that are nobody's fault and unpredictable. We will endeavour to be as fair as possible. For patients being treated under an NHS contract there will be no charge to them.
There was previously mention of a discount on medication if my treatment had to be cancelled - is this still the case and, if so, which treatments will it apply to?
Yes, if we have to adopt a freeze all model as a result of this COVID-19 crisis then CARE will cover half of the cost of medication in the frozen cycle.