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Coronavirus (COVID-19): fertility treatment - plans for restarting treatment - framework

In response to the direct threat of COVID-19 to patients, the wider Scottish population and NHS Scotland services, all NHS funded Scottish centres took the decision to pause services from 17 March 2020. This document sets out the plans for restarting fertility services from 18 May 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): fertility treatment - plans for restarting treatment - framework
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Suggested text for letter to be send to patients prior to planning treatments

Dear ………………

You are currently on the waiting list for fertility treatment. Following regulatory approvals, we are now in position to be able to offer you treatment. As per current evidence there does not appear to be an increased risk of miscarriage, risk of pregnancy complications or any effect on the baby. However, you need to be aware that the data is limited, and this may change as we continue to gather information. Provision of treatment will however require you to attend hospital which will incur a small risk of viral transmission as compared to social isolating at home. Comprehensive procedures are in place to minimise this risk for all patients.

Please contact us on XXXX to inform us whether you wish to proceed with treatment or remain on the waiting list at this time. We will then be able to provide you with a date to discuss next steps.

If you would rather not attend hospital during this time then you will remain on the waiting list and will be offered another date in the future.


Contact

Email: anthea.taylor@gov.scot