The HFEA yesterday released a statement to provide reassurances about the safety of fertility treatment in the UK. The extensive measures and protocols we put in place at RHG in early May, through our Treatment Commencement Strategy, continue to ensure that our clinic remains a safe, Covid-secure environment. We remain focused and committed to protecting both our patients and staff, whilst at the same time providing the same level of exceptional fertility and women’s healthcare. You can read the HFEA statement in full below:
“In light of the worrying increase in Covid-19 cases and changes to local lockdown, the HFEA wants to provide some reassurance about fertility treatment.
“All HFEA licensed clinics had to set out a Treatment Commencement Strategy in May 2020 showing how they could provide a safe service for their staff and patients during the pandemic. These strategies are kept under regular review by clinics and our inspectors, and all clinics should follow the latest guidance from the UK professional bodies – the British Fertility Society and Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists.
“As the pandemic continues, we recognise that individual clinics may face circumstances where they will have to consider whether they can continue to maintain a safe service for a period of time – for example if they have a high level of staff sickness or their local hospital trust decides to restrict some patient services.
“We expect clinics to follow professional and local guidance and to review and adapt their treatment strategy to ensure fertility treatment can continue to be provided safely.”