Coronavirus(COVID-19) and Fertility Treatment

Our promise to you

Our priority is to ensure all our patients and colleagues are kept as safe as possible. While there is no longer a requirement for Manchester Fertility to explicitly consider COVID-19 in our statutory health and safety risk assessments, it is important that, as a clinic, we continue to comply with obligations relating to health and safety, employment and equality duties. 

This means our clinic will need to operate a bit differently. However, we assure you that you will still receive the highest standard of care and warm welcome that you are used to from our team and clinic.

Recent updates

As of Monday, 5th September 2022, our staff are no longer required to wear a facemask while at work. This excludes occasions where a face mask is medically necessary, such as in theatre. We are still actively encouraging our staff members to ensure they are taking leave from work if they feel unwell or exhibit symptoms of Covid-19. 

New and existing patients

Our Patient Teams can answer any questions you may have or give support and advice about your treatment or future treatment. Our Doctors and Counsellors are also on hand to offer you virtual and in-person appointments. If you would like to speak to our specialists for advice or support time, please get in touch with our In-Patient Team on 0161 300 2730.

Visiting the clinic

  • Although patients are no longer required to wear a face when visiting the clinic, we would like to make you aware that we require patients to test for Covid-19 before trigger and certain procedures.
  • Partners are permitted entry into the clinic to accompany patients undergoing an IUI or embryo transfers. If the patient requires oral sedation for any of these procedures the partner will attend at the point of the procedure. Our priority remains to keep everyone safe. We will therefore continue to evaluate the situation, which is subject to change if government advice or operational practice in the clinic changes. You can also be accompanied by a partner for a pregnancy scan.
  • If a patient starts to feel unwell or has symptoms of Covid-19 after they have had an egg collection, we will speak to them about freezing their embryos to transfer at a later time once the patient is well again. Although we know this may not be what was planned and anticipated, we have great success rates with frozen embryo transfer. If you would like to read more about our success rates, click here.
  • We will be allowing extra time between patients’ treatments. This is to ensure we can carry out a rigorous clean and sterilise the room and all equipment before the next patient is treated.

Clinic Policy – Egg Collection & Partners

Following a policy update, we will now allow partners to accompany patients into the clinic when having egg collections.

The process will be as follows:-

On the day of egg collection, the patient will come to the procedure suite on their own, and their partner can either wait outside or get a coffee in our upstairs waiting room. This is because patients need to relax whilst having the Temazepam for it to work, so we advise they relax on their own.

Partners should be aware that it could be 2 hours before they can come to the procedure suite.

Once the patient is out of theatre and settled back into her room, a member of the ward team will come and collect her partner.

Latest HFEA Advice on Covid-19

You can find information surrounding Covid-19 on the HFEA website here. If you have been advised to have the Covid-19 vaccine and have any concerns or questions, please speak to your fertility consultant or one of our senior fertility nurses for further advice.

Keeping you safe

We have everything in place to ensure we will give you the best possible care in the safest way. Everyone at Manchester Fertility is committed to protecting our patients and colleagues, and we appreciate your understanding in these difficult circumstances.

We will continually monitor the situation and promise to keep you updated as soon as anything changes. If you would like any further advice and support, please see our contact details below for each patient group.

New Patient team on 0161 300 2737.
In-Patient Team on 0161 300 2730.

Last Updated 16/09/2022