Kingston Hospital - Assisted Conception Unit Statement 19/3/2020
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE UNIT UNLESS YOU BEEN SPECIFICALLY ASKED TO. DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS, WE ASK ALL OUR PATIENTS TO PLEASE TELEPHONE THE UNIT BEFORE ATTENDING, FOR FURTHER ADVICE.
We have been following national guidance about sensible steps that Kingston Hospital and other health services should be taking to limit the spread of Coronavirus. Here at the Assisted Conception Unit we have also been reviewing advice from The British Fertility Society and the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists.
As a result, we have had to make the difficult decision to temporarily stop ALL fertility and assisted conception treatments here at Kingston Hospital (this includes all tests, investigations, scans, blood tests, semen analysis, consultations and IVF/ICSI/IUI/FET treatments). It is difficult to say at this current time when we will be able to offer these treatment/services. We will continue to monitor the situation and review national guidance. Please check our website for further updates.
We understand the distress and disappointment this will undoubtedly cause to our patients, but, unfortunately, this is now necessary. This is due to several reasons including redeployment of staff, reduced anaesthetist cover, the possibility of staff being unable to work due to self-isolation or illness and reducing the pressure on the NHS for any common IVF complications. In addition, not bringing patients into the hospital will also minimise the spread of the virus and reduce the impact on the local NHS services which are likely to be stretched to an unprecedented extent.
Any patients currently undergoing treatment or due to have treatment will have already been contacted by one of our team. If you have not currently started treatment you will be contacted once we are in a position to start consultations and treatment again. Please feel reassured that every patient will be managed going forward. As soon as we are in a position to safely re-start treatments we will contact patients.
We are aware that some patients may be concerned that delaying their treatment may affect their eligibility according to the current guidance, for example their age may be outside the criteria if treatment is delayed. We have already been working with our Clinical Commissioning Groups regarding this and any patients affected will be reviewed on a case by case basis.
Everyone at the Assisted Conception Unit is looking forward to welcoming our patients back to the service as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, if you have any concerns about your health and Coronavirus please visit https://111.nhs.uk/
Welcome to Our Assisted Conception Unit
We treat both NHS and private patients. Our philosophy of care is to always place the couple at the heart of our service. We were established at Queen Mary's Hospital in Roehampton, South London in 1994 and relocated to Kingston Hospital in June 2012. Many babies have been born after successful treatment here.