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Wednesday 6th January 2021
Following the recent announcement on the 4th January 2021 by the Prime Minister, new tighter restrictions are now in place across the UK due to the Covid 19 pandemic. Yorkshire Fertility appreciates that this will create a high level of uncertainty and anxiety for couples and individuals trying to conceive.
Our services remain open and we continue to offer treatment safely to all patients as we have been doing, whilst adhering to strict measures to ensure the clinical environment remains as far as possible Covid-19 Free.
Yorkshire Fertility’s priority will remain to keep you, our patients, and our staff safe during these extraordinary times.
Future service provision will clearly depend on Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust operational issues along with HFEA and government guidance.
We will keep you updated with further briefings should there be any substantial changes to service provision.
Further information will be available on our Q&A sessions.
Friday 24th July 2020
Since the approval of the phased recommencement of our services at Yorkshire Fertility we have been working hard to coordinate the restart of some treatment cycles whilst ensuring the safety of our patients, staff and members of the public.
Understandably, our last service update prompted many patient enquiries, and our staff have been doing their upmost to advise patients appropriately. The recommencement of services will be done slowly and carefully, reducing patient attendance in hospital, and minimise the impact on supporting services.
In order to help you to understand what this means for you and your treatment, please use the summary below:
We have been making contact with all patients to start planning their cycle restart as soon as possible, and explaining the revised process.
We have started to contact these patients in order of when their consents were signed, to start planning recommencement of the cycle. There will be a process prior to restart, including a review of the plan, consents, screening and planning. We appreciate the frustrations of not being able to start straight away, but due to new processes required due to COVID19 the capacity of the central units is restricted and therefore requires careful planning.
Once we have planned treatments for those patients who were cancelled mid-treatment (as detailed above), we will start to contact patients who had a paperwork appointment cancelled due to Covid19. The process of consenting will be slightly different, and we will plan a virtual appointment to provide all of the information prior to consenting, and answer any questions you may have. This will be followed up by a shorter face to face appointment to sign the documents and arrange any tests required. Our intention will be to plan your treatment cycle at the soonest opportunity after consenting.
Only after managing all of the above patients can we start to offer availability to anyone waiting to sign consents prior to treatments. This will be managed in time order, with those waiting the longest being offered an appointment first. The consents are arranged with the intention of starting the treatment soon after.
This includes letrozole, clomid, tamoxifen, natural cycle tracking and ovulation induction.
We are now able to re commence the ovarian cycle tracking for ovulation induction patients. This will be in time order and you will be contacted when we are ready for you to start.
You will need a telephone review by the doctor to ensure that you are still suitable for treatment
There are a limited number of spaces each month to ensure both staff and patient safety.
If you require ultrasound scans for your first month of treatment Please ensure that you inform staff of any planned holidays so that they can make sure it is appropriate for you to start.
Some investigations such as blood tests or sperm tests or procedures such as hysterosalpingograms are being arranged now, with careful planning. If you know that you are awaiting a test, you may wish to contact the unit to discuss this further.
Our outreach clinics in Dewsbury, Pinderfields and Bradford are still on hold, all ‘follow up’ appointments being arranged as a telephone consultation from Calderdale Royal Hospital. Also, access to tests and investigations in these areas remain restricted in line with local policies.
Initial consultations with newly referred patients cannot be reinstated at this time. We understand the disappointment this will cause, but we will contact anyone who had an appointment cancelled due to Covid19 as soon as we are able. This is not in the first phase of reopening, and unfortunately we do not have any timescales for restarting the referral process at this stage.
We offer the above information with the hope of clarifying our current position in the early stages of reopening. Our dedicated staff are working tirelessly to advised you to the best of their ability with new processes and clinical requirements. There are often scenarios or situations that may require further information and we thank you for your patience as we manage these situations.
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