Kingston Hospital - Assisted Conception Unit Statement 22nd May 2020
We continue with plans to re-establish a safe and effective service. The plan for fertility testing (sperm analysis, blood tests & hycosy scans) is to resume within the next three weeks.
We are developing covid patient information leaflets and new covid consents that will be required for patients undergoing assisted conception treatments. We are looking at the pathways to introduce mandatory covid testing that will be part of your treatment cycles in the future. We need to ensure that we comply with Kingston Foundation Trust, HFEA, NHS England protocols and we are awaiting the go-ahead.
Unfortunately this week we are unable to announce a date when assisted conception treatments (Frozen embryo transfer & IVF ICSI) will start. Thank you for your patience.
We hope that you stay safe and follow the social distancing guidelines so that you remain well for when you restart your treatment.
Kingston Hospital - Assisted Conception Unit Statement 15th May 2020
We are pleased to let you know that HFEA approval to resume services has been granted. We are in the process of developing local plans to resume assisted conception treatment.
Staff were redeployed to assist with the pandemic response and we are pleased that some of our staff will be repatriated from next week. We hope to resume fertility diagnostic services within three weeks.
We would like to thank you for your patience. We are aware that our patients are anxious to resume their fertility pathway as soon as possible and we would like to reassure you that we are doing our best to achieve this.
Kingston Hospital - Assisted Conception Unit Statement 7th May 2020
We have been working hard this week to revise our practices and write protocols to ensure that we can safely treat our fertility patients at Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust.
Guidelines were published yesterday by the British Fertility Society and there has been advice from HFEA on how to apply for approval to re-commence services. This is a requirement for all Assisted Conception Units in both the NHS and private sectors.
It may take a little time but we would like to re-assure you that we will be making every effort to get the treatment programme up and running as soon as we can and to welcome you back into Kingston ACU.
Your safely and wellbeing is our priority.
We plan to update the website regularly to keep you informed.
Kingston Hospital - Assisted Conception Unit Statement 4th May 2020
Kingston Hospital - Assisted Conception Unit Statement 19th March 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.