RHG’s Luciano Nardo was one of four UK Clinical Directors featured in an article in The Times today following the decision announced yesterday to allow fertility clinics to apply to restart IVF treatment.
The statement by the HFEA advised that from week commencing 11th May clinics will be able to submit applications to reopen, subject to meeting stringent conditions to ensure the safety of both patients and staff. However in the Times article Professor Nardo noted that it was unlikely that more than a handful of clinics would actually be in a position to resume services by this stage, stating ‘The reintroduction of services will have to be done gradually and cautiously and carefully monitored over the first few weeks to ensure patient safety’.
He also suggested that better resourced clinics in the independent sector, where patients have private ensuite rooms, were more likely to meet the social distancing requirements than those in NHS hospitals, and that knock-on delays from the suspension of IVF treatment could last for the remainder of the year.
To read the article in full please see here.