The COVID-19 epidemic has brought about a change in the way of life and functioning of society. As part of the effort that each and every one of us make to avoid disease progression, and following the HFEA and UK government recommendations, IVI decided to stop its treatments.
After this period of inactivity, the HFEA has approved our applications and IVI London is already starting treatments.
We must avoid at all costs that the return to daily activities implies a new rise in the number of infections and casualties. For this reason, at IVI we are taking all the necessary actions recommended by the scientific and government organizations. We have been preparing for this scenario since the beginning of the lockdown.
When you arrive at the clinic you will see that we have taken several protective measures to ensure both your health and that of our staff, and we ask you to play your part in them.
What should I do if I am an ongoing patient?
NOTHING. Each IVI clinic will contact all patients whose treatments had to be suspended individually and will assess each situation to consider the progressive return to activity. For those patients who come to the clinic in person, very strict guidelines will be established to avoid the possibility of symptomatic patients coming to the centres.
For those patients who are not current patients, will the online consultations be ending?
The first online visit was already a reality at IVI, we had been preparing for telemedicine for a long time, but now more than ever, the first online visit is here to stay. All those patients who wish to do so can make their first visit online, with an on-site follow-up and extension of tests (diagnostic pack). As always, you can request a first visit, online or in person, either on our website, or on our telephone number 0800 52 00 161. If you prefer to come to the clinic, we can still do a first visit on site, but you’ll need to adhere to our protective measurements put in place.
What should I do before I get to the clinic? Preventive measures
Do not visit if you have or have had a fever, cough, or respiratory symptoms in the past 14 days, and inform your doctor. From the clinic we will be in contact with you to follow your evolution and provide you with a new appointment as soon as possible.
Do not come to the clinic if you have been in contact with someone diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 in the past 14 days, and inform your doctor.
Whenever possible, come alone.
Be on time, but try to keep to your appointment time so that you do not have to wait any longer than necessary.
Wear a mask.
We will ask you to make all payments by card, to avoid handling cash.
Once inside the clinic
Your temperature will be measured with infrared thermometers. If the patient has a temperature above 37.7 degrees, they will be asked to change their appointment.
Patients will be asked to discard their gloves if they have been brought in from outside.
Patients will be provided with masks if they do not have them.
Doses of hand sanitizing gel will be administered.
Patients will be asked to use the stairs to access the consultations to avoid the lifts.
Patients will be reminded of the safety distance of 2 meters. The clinic will be marked with indicators on the safety distance, seats will be separated by the recommended distance, and patients will be seen on different floors.
The assistant will check that there are no more than two patients waiting to be attended at the reception desk.
Which patients will be able to start treatment?
IVI will assess each medical history individually and, when appropriate, will resume each treatment in all those patients who do NOT have underlying diseases such as cardiovascular disease, chronic arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, chronic renal disease, chronic pulmonary disease, and immunosuppression, among others. This measure is taken because these diseases are risk factors for complications from COVID-19 during pregnancy in case of infection. In this case it would be recommended to delay pregnancy for a few months to observe the evolution of the pandemic.
Only asymptomatic patients (women and men) for COVID-19 will be treated. We take this measure to avoid infection of other patients who come to the centre and our workers. In this group we include:
- Asymptomatic patients.
- Patients with no history of direct contact with positive or suspicious cases in the 15 days prior to the start of treatment.
- Patients with no history of COVID-19 infection in the 21 days prior to treatment
Will I have any diagnostic tests done before I start treatment?
IVI’s aim is to provide maximum safety for both patients and our employees during the treatments. Therefore, when starting a treatment, we will perform serological/PCR tests on the patients (women and men) to find out her status regarding the Coronavirus.
Before the egg retrieval, insemination or embryo transfer, a PCR test will be requested, to avoid any risk of infection during the procedure and to check that the patient is not infected at the time of insemination or embryo transfer.
Is there any risk of my genetic material being infected in the laboratories?
To date, everything we know from current publications is that the virus has not been found in semen samples and it is very unlikely to be found in eggs. Transmission of SARS CoV-2 virus and other similar Coronaviruses occurs through the virus binding to receptors on respiratory or intestinal cells, which have not been found in oocytes, sperm or embryos.
We must avoid at all costs the return to daily activities leading to a new increase in the number of infections. For this reason, at IVI we are taking all the necessary measures recommended by scientific and evidence-based organisations.
Help us to comply with these measures!
General information and advice for all pregnant women during the coronavirus pandemic (RCOG)
What effect does coronavirus have on pregnant women?
- Based on the evidence. pregnant women are still no more likely to contract coronavirus than the general population.
- Pregnant women do not appear to be more likely to be seriously unwell or to have an increased risk of serious complications than other healthy adults if infected. The large majority will experience only mild or moderate cold/flu like symptoms.
What effect will coronavirus have on my baby if I am diagnosed with the infection?
- There is no evidence to suggest an increased risk of miscarriage.
- Emerging evidence suggests that (vertical transmission) has been described – 2 cases reported (but reassuringly the babies were both discharged from hospital and are well).
- Given current evidence, it is considered unlikely that if you have the virus it would cause problems with your baby’s development (none have been observed currently).
- Some babies have been born prematurely to women who were very unwell with coronavirus. Unclear whether:
- coronavirus caused these premature births, or
- induction of delivery was recommended for the benefit of the women’s health and to enable her to recover.
- Why are pregnant women in a vulnerable group?
- Advised to reduce social contact through social distancing measures as a cautious approachsome viral infections are worse in pregnant women, but at the moment (despite limited evidence available) there’s no evidence that this is the case for coronavirus infection.