Regional Fertility Centre
Update: 2 March 2021
Following a risk assessment, we are resuming frozen embryo transfer (FET) services on a reduced capacity. Patients at the top of the frozen embryo transfer waiting list will be contacted this week.
Virtual (telephone and video) outpatient appointments at the Grove Wellbeing and Treatment Centre are continuing.
Due to continued Covid-19 pressures and the need to focus staff and resources on managing the current surge of the pandemic, other fertility treatments continue to be paused, with the exception of oncology storage.
The Trust is reviewing the redeployment of staff and managing the challenges of Covid-19 on a daily basis. Staff will return to the Regional Fertility Centre as soon as possible to allow services to resume.
We will continue to update this website regularly.
Oncology referrers should contact the Regional Fertility Centre by email: RVH.RFC@belfasttrust.hscni.net
Outpatients and semen analysis
Any new referrals and semen analysis requests we receive will be held until the service is resumed and will then be processed.
Update: 18 January 2021
Covid-19 vaccination and fertility treatment
Please note the HFEA has updated their advice on vaccination based on new guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The advice covers both types of vaccine currently available in the UK.
Women DO NOT need to wait to conceive/have fertility treatment after getting the vaccine (the previous advice was a three month wait). Patients awaiting treatment should go ahead and get the first and second dose of the vaccine if they are happy to do so.
The JCVI confirms that although the available data do not indicate any safety concern or harm to pregnancy, there is insufficient evidence to recommend routine use of Covid-19 vaccines during pregnancy. If you get a first dose of vaccine and then conceive (spontaneously or through treatment), ONLY the following groups are recommended to have a second dose of vaccine after discussion on the risks and benefits with your doctor:
- women whose risk of exposure to Covid-19 infection is high and cannot be avoided, for example frontline health and social care workers
- women with underlying conditions that put them at very high risk of serious complications from Covid-19 infection
Further information on the Covid-19 vaccine can be found at:
Guiding you through the stages of what to expect when you come to the Regional Fertility Centre.