COVID-19 Monash IVF Update for Fertility Patients
You may have seen that the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that all elective surgeries, other than category 1 and urgent category 2 cases will be suspended. This will affect Monash IVF’s ability to perform egg collection (OPU) procedures.
Monash IVF understands that these measures are important to ensure the health and wellbeing of patients and healthcare workers, as well as ensuring that Australia’s healthcare system is best placed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
We also recognise that this is a very challenging time for people who require fertility treatment. We will continue to do everything we can to provide you with advice, support and treatment, where we are able to do so safely.
What does this mean for patients currently receiving treatment?
We intend to continue to provide fertility treatment for those patients who have already commenced treatment. We will continue to monitor Government policy and will advise patients if there are any further changes.
If there are any changes to the location of your ongoing treatment, this will be discussed with you over the coming days.
Please note, treatment will only be provided if you are well and have not travelled overseas to any country, or had close contact with someone who has positively tested for COVID-19 within the last 14 days. If your current cycle needs to be delayed or cancelled as a result of COVID-19, you will not be charged any out of pocket fees for this cycle.
We would like to reassure all patients who have eggs, sperm or embryos in storage Monash IVF that we will continue to provide the greatest care in monitoring these until our services resume.
What does this mean for patients who have not yet started fertility treatment?
In order to ensure that we all continue to follow Social Distancing and “Stay at home” recommendations to help those healthcare practitioners at the frontline prepare, Monash IVF recommends that you postpone your treatment. We encourage you to speak to your Fertility Specialist who will consider your medical circumstances and advise you of your best option under these difficult circumstances.
Monash IVF has also introduced the following initiatives to support patients or people considering fertility treatment during this time:
- Fertility specialists are available for phone and video consultations. They continue to provide advice and other pre-work which may be required in the lead up to treatment. This will expedite treatment when services resume.
- Patients can contact a fertility nurse for a free phone or video appointment if they have any questions.
- Counselling is available to provide psychological support to patients before, during and after their treatment, and will continue to be available if a patient’s treatment is postponed. If you would like to access support counselling, please contact your clinic.
- A free webinar series, delivered by our fertility specialists and other experts will be available. Sessions will cover preparing for pregnancy, fertility and treatment options and fertility preservation.
Please know that we will be here to help you re-start your fertility journey as soon as we are able. The team at Monash IVF Group are incredibly passionate about what we do – and we are looking forward to helping you in our full capacity in the future as soon as it is safe for us to do so.
We recommend that you visit the Monash IVF website and follow us on social media to obtain the most up to date information.
Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.
Chief Executive Officer