Coronavirus Updates

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7th April 2020

An update from our Medical Director, Professor Roger Hart, on how our clinics will operate in this challenging environment. 

 

 

Professor Roger Hart: 
COVID-19 UPDATE - 7th April 2020

27th March 2020 1600hrs

To all of our patients

It is with great sadness I share with you that we have been directed by the government to cease any new patient treatment cycles in the foreseeable future.

If you are a current patient waiting to start your treatment, please call our clinic next week to discuss your plan moving forward. Whilst we cannot begin active treatment, we want to assure you that we are still here to support you until we can embark on this fertility journey together.

With so much uncertainty and unease surrounding each and every one of us in this current crisis, one thing we can be sure of, is that our team will return stronger and more determined to provide you with the joy of a family as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Professor Roger Hart: 
COVID-19 UPDATE - 27th March 2020

25th March 2020 1600hrs

FSWA is continuing to liaise with Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) https://www.fertilitysociety.com.au/home/fsa-statement-covid-19/ We are working to address the recent announcements by the Australian Government in relation to elective surgery.

We will update our website as changes occur.


25th March 2020

With this ever evolving COVID-19 crisis, we are working hard behind the scenes to provide you with the most up-to-date information in regard to your upcoming or current Fertility treatment with us. The advice and direction we are receiving from the Government is updating hourly at the moment. We will update our website by the end of today with information we have at the time.

For now though, please be assured we are going above and beyond to protect the health and well-being of both our patients and staff with a number of precautions already in place. Thank you for your patience and understanding during this very challenging situation we are all faced with.

23rd March 2020

With the growing number of enquiries around COVID-19 and Fertility treatments, we have listed some FAQ's below for your reference:

Question
Will the operating theatre close for IVF procedures and what does that mean for my IVF Cycle?

Answer
At this stage the operating theatres are continuing to offer IVF procedures.

Question
If my TVOA is cancelled mid cycle, what will happen to my body?

Answer
You would have medication to release the eggs and a further medication to help normalise your cycle and return your body to normal.

Question
If I am pregnant what is the risk to me and my baby?

Answer
Please see our video below where Professor Roger Hart addresses this concern.

Please note, should you choose to continue your treatment, it is imperative to maintain strict social distancing to protect yourself and our staff when attending for any essential tests or scans. Outside of these visits to our clinic, you may choose to follow the self-isolation guidelines as suggested by the Government to limit interaction with family, friends and the general public for the remainder of your treatment cycle.



19th March 2020

We would like to reassure you that Fertility Specialists of WA (FSWA) continues to provide treatment to all unaffected patients at this time. However, alternative and precautionary measures have been put in place.

With the media and public discussions around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis continuing to raise concerns, we have formed an internal Coronavirus Taskforce to ensure we continue to be adaptive and responsive in protecting the health and ongoing needs of our staff and patients.

With information changing by the hour, our leadership team convenes regularly to review the latest recommendations from the Department of Health and implement any recommended initiatives to ensure we minimise the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19.

What precautions are we taking?

In light of the current environment, we are now implementing the following precautions:

  • Restricting patient numbers and appointment duration in our clinics.

  • Adhering to social distancing recommendations in order to minimise interpersonal contact.

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection measures in all areas of our clinics including a hand-cleaning station upon entry to the clinic.

In order to do this effectively, we will be:

  • Transitioning to Skype/telephone appointments for all Doctor, Nurse, Lab and Counsellor consults where possible.

  • Minimising access for partners, support staff and children in our clinical areas.
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Please DO NOT attend our clinic if you:

Are at all unwell, in particular suffering symptoms such as, fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath.

Have travelled outside of Australia within the last 30 days.

Have been in contact with a person who has tested positive to COVID-19.

Instead, call your nurse and we will advise you of the best course of action.

We would like to thank you for your ongoing cooperation with this matter and apologise for any inconvenience caused. If you have any further concerns, please call either of our clinics and we will be happy to discuss it with you further.

We will continue to keep our patients informed as and when new information comes to hand.

"We are working hard to ensure your continued safety and wellbeing throughout your treatment."

Ms Hillary Readings, Nurse Manager at Fertility Specialists of WA

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