HFEA want your views in new fertility survey

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Association (HFEA) is asking fertility patients to take a few minutes to complete a survey on its website

The HFEA has recently published updated information on treatment add-ons for patients.

AN HFEA spokeswoman said: “The HFEA values your opinion; if you or your partner have had or are planning to have fertility treatment (including fertility preservation) in the UK, then we would love to hear your feedback.”

The closing date for news on the updated information is on Sunday, October 11.

To take part in the survey, click here

The HFEA has had a busy few months helping patients and clinics navigate their way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Services were temporarily suspended on March 23 2020 in response to the coronavirus lockdown, alongside other elective treatments by NHS England.

Devastated patients had their treatment stopped or paused due to the outbreak, causing a huge amount of heartache and anxiety.

Clinics were closed for about six weeks and reopened on Monday, May 11.

The fertility regulator set out new conditions for clinics, both private and NHS, to meet in response to the coronavirus outbreak.

All clinics are required to set out a strategy to show they are meeting conditions to provide safe and effective treatment during the outbreak before they are given the green light to restart treatment.

Social distancing is a requirement in waiting rooms and telephone appointments will be used where suitable. Appropriate personal protective equipment will also be provided where necessary.

In May, Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said: “People who are relying on fertility treatment have been worried during these unprecedented times not knowing when they could continue their journey to start a family.

“We wanted to open these clinics as soon as it was safe to do so, and our strict guidelines will ensure staff and patients remain safe as we continue to tackle this virus.”

HFEA chair, Sally Cheshire said: “Our priority throughout the pandemic has been to consider how treatment could resume quickly and safely for as many patients as possible and our clear plan sets out how clinics can treat and care for patients safely during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

“I know that the closure of clinics has been extremely distressing for patients and this will be good news for those wanting to resume treatment and have the opportunity to try for their much longed-for family.

Many private clinics may be able to demonstrate their readiness to restart services relatively quickly, but it’s recognised that NHS clinics may require longer to achieve the necessary conditions due to other factors, such as the redeployment of staff in frontline roles.”

Clinics were asked to provide strategic plans to the HFEA to ensure they are meeting the safety needs of patients before being given the go-ahead to reopen. An auditing tool will be used to ensure compliance with guidelines.

This follows news that the government will allow anyone who has frozen their eggs, sperm, and embryos to extend their storage for an additional 2 years, as part of wider plans to support those going through fertility treatment during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Did the pandemic halt your treatment? How did it make you feel? We’d love to hear your story, email mystory@ivfbabble.com

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