At present we are continuing operations as normal and taking reasonable measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Please be assured that Bourn Hall Clinics are following all of the guidelines issued by the government as well as the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) regarding COVID-19.
As such we are cancelling all unnecessary visitors to the clinic and non-clinical staff are being asked to work from home to minimise the footfall within the clinics.
Patients undergoing treatment are our main priority and, unless showing symptoms of coronavirus, their treatment will continue. All patients due to attend the clinic are being contacted in advance of their consultations with the latest information and advice on what to do.
We are also offering patients video consultations and internal meetings are being held on virtual platforms to avoid face to face contact. In addition to this we have stop notices at the entrances of all of our clinics asking people not to enter if they are displaying the known symptoms of the virus.
In addition to our measures to limit the risk of the staff and patients contracting the virus we also have contingency measures in place should we have reduced staffing levels.
As a group of clinics we have three separate facilities and we would transfer staff and patients between the clinics should the need arise, allowing normal scheduled operations to continue. We are doing everything we can to keep our patients and ourselves safe at this time.
Following the new measures outlined by the Prime Minister on 16 March, particularly those suggesting that pregnant women reduce social contact, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Midwives and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health are working to reassure pregnant women and those who care for them. This reassuring statement was released by the Royal Colleges on 17 March 2020:
“The three Royal Colleges, who between them care for and support women and their babies throughout pregnancy, birth and childhood, reiterate that there is currently no new evidence to suggest that pregnant women are at greater risk from coronavirus (COVID-19) than other healthy individuals, or that they can pass the infection to their baby while pregnant. The government announcement on 16 March is purely a precautionary measure, to reduce the theoretical risk to the baby’s growth and a risk of preterm birth should the mother become unwell.” See link below
As I am sure you can appreciate, this situation is ever changing and we are reviewing our measures constantly to ensure they are robust and sufficient. We will keep all patients updated as much as we can. Our website will be updated again on Monday.