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Updated 16th of July 2021

COVID-19 and fertility treatment

With the easing of UK Covid-19 restrictions on 19th July 2021, we want to reassure both current and new patients that all our clinics remain open, fully operational and treatments are continuing as usual with our existing TFP Covid-19 protocols in place.


If you have any questions, do get in touch with us.

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OUR COVID SAFETY MEASURES INCLUDE:

  • Video consultations– we have introduced virtual consultations, counselling and nurse consents to reduce footfall in the clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic. Face to face consultations (with face coverings) can be undertaken if necessary.

  • Face masks – All patients, visitors and staff should wear face coverings when entering the clinic and when in patient areas of a TFP clinic. Reception staff need to wear a face covering unless there is a screen separating them from visitors. Our staff will also be wearing the applicable personal protective equipment (PPE) dependent on the procedures that they are undertaking.


  • Reception– you will be met at reception by one of our staff, with a SMILE (no handshakes!). They will ask you about any symptoms, request that you use the gel to clean your hands then take your temperature.


  • Moving about in the clinic– you will then be directed to your appointment. Please adhere to social distancing of two metres where possible. Our staff will be wearing PPE, but again always with a SMILE.


  • Cleaning– a rigorous cleaning programme remains in place between appointments, as well as throughout the day in the clinic. Inside the clinic, the cleaning programme pays particular attention to handrails, door handles, toilets and areas with a high touchpoint.


  • Hand sanitiser stations – these are available throughout the clinic.


  • Partners – partners are permitted to attend for the following appointments: egg collection, embryo transfer and pregnancy scans.



More Information


Visit our COVID-19 and Fertility Treatment Information Hub here


If you are in self-isolation, develop a persistent new cough or a fever, please do not come to the clinic. Contact NHS 111 if you are unsure more guidance is available here


HFEA patient information available here


UK Government advice is available here


Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists pregnancy advice is available here

Your questions about COVID-19

National lockdown and fertility treatment

In light of the national lockdown introduced in England and Scotland, we want to reassure both current and new patients that all our clinics remain open and fully operational, and treatments are continuing as usual with our existing Covid-19 safety measures remaining. We would also like to reassure patients that they can leave home to attend a medical appointment.

Is it safe to take the COVID-19 vaccine if I am currently or planning to have fertility treatment?

The HFEA has recently updated its advice, now stating that women who are trying to conceive do not need to delay pregnancy or fertility treatment after vaccination. It also advises that, if pregnant, women should discuss with their doctor the risks and benefits of vaccination, balancing COVID-19 infection rates and any underlying health conditions with the lack of safety data of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy.

How will my treatment differ?

Most patients will find that their treatment cycle will be the same, just with the above-mentioned safety measures in place. We may discuss altering your treatment to maximise your safety if you have an underlying medical condition.

If I catch COVID-19, will I have to cancel my treatment?

For the safety of you, your embryos, and those around you, we would need to pause your treatment until you are well again if you test positive for coronavirus. HFEA guidance states that individuals should wait 28 days after recovering from Covid-19 before resuming or starting treatment.

Can I still have an in-person consultation?

Clinics are continuing to undertake consent, medical and counselling consultations for new and current patients via Skype or telephone.

If you are an existing patient, please do contact us via the Patient Portal to discuss any concerns you have. If you are looking to start treatment, then please contact your nearest clinic.

What effect does the coronavirus have on my unborn child?

As the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is a novel virus, the empirical evidence on this is still in its early stages. So far, the evidence suggests that the virus does not pose a risk to your unborn child. Furthermore, in the 20 pregnancies so far in which the expectant mothers were infected with the virus, no transmission of the virus to the baby has been identified. Moreover, no abnormalities were found in the mothers and their babies. Further information from the German Society for Gynaecology and Obstetrics e.V. (DGGG) and the Professional Association of Gynaecologists (BVF). (BVF) can be found united in a publication of the German Board and College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (GBCOG) - You can find more on the DGGG page.

What should I look out for on my next visit to the fertility clinic?

Our COVID-19 safety measures include:


  • Video consultations– We have introduced Skype consultations, counselling and nurse consents to reduce footfall in the clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Face masks – In line with Government advice, you must wear a face mask when entering the clinic. Our staff will also be wearing PPE as per national guidelines, dependent on the procedures that they are undertaking.

  • Reception– You will be met at reception by one of our staff, with a SMILE (no handshakes!). They will ask you about any symptoms, request that you use the gel to clean your hands and then take your temperature.

  • Moving about in the clinic– You will then be directed to your appointment. Please adhere to the social distancing rules of two metres. Our staff will be wearing personal protective equipment as per national guidelines, but again, always with a SMILE.

  • Cleaning– A rigorous cleaning programme will be carried out throughout the day, paying particular attention to handrails, door handles, toilets and areas with a high touchpoint.

  • Hand sanitiser stations– These are available throughout the clinic.

  • Partners– Partners are now permitted to attend for the following: egg collection, embryo transfer and pregnancy scans.


What can I do now to prepare for treatment?

Right now, it is important to strengthen our immune system to prepare our body and mind for the current situation and for treatment after this crisis. A healthy and balanced diet is the best basic prerequisite for a strong immune system. This is because a good supply of nutrients gives the body many opportunities to successfully fight off pathogens. In addition, sufficient sleep and water intake are of great importance. If you drink at least two litres of water or unsweetened tea every day, you will strengthen your body's defences immensely. Also, wash your hands regularly and make sure to keep a body distance of 1.5 to 2 metres from your fellow human beings. Exercise in the fresh air is also highly recommended.

More information

If you are in self-isolation, develop a persistent new cough or a fever, please do not come to the clinic. Contact NHS 111 if you are unsure. More guidance is available here.

HFEA patient information is available here.

UK Government advice is available here.

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists pregnancy advice is available here.

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