As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, all UK fertility clinics were required to close their doors in early April. Will all clinics reopen in a matter of weeks or will some choose to take much longer, depending on local conditions and staff shortages? Can patients who were receiving treatments in clinics that remain closed transfer to alternative clinics? One thing seems fairly clear: fertility patients will require additional medical, emotional and psychological care as part of their treatment during this pandemic, and clinics must build robust support systems as part of their reopening strategies. • Zeynep Gurtin is the lead researcher on a new research project organised by the Institute for Women’s Health at UCL exploring the impact of clinic closures and the coronavirus pandemic on fertility patients’ lives, relationships and feelings.
Source: The Guardian May 22, 2020 13:52 UTC