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Regional Fertility Centre

Latest news: 1 July 2022

Important changes to storage laws

Patient Support Policy launched

Covid-19 vaccines and fertility – British Fertility Society and ARCS guidance

Clomiphene treatment restarted


Important changes to storage laws

On 1 July 2022, new laws came into effect regarding the storage of sperm, eggs and embryos. The Health and Care Act 2022 introduced amendments to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, increasing the 10 year statutory storage limit.

This law change allows you to store your material for up to 55 years if you wish. There are also new provisions relating to the use of your material after your death or in the event of mental incapacity.

In line with these changes, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have issued new consent forms that need to be completed by anyone having treatment after 1 July 2022. Patients who previously consented to treatment will be required to consent again using these new forms.

This extra step is currently causing a backlog in the Nursing Consenting Service. We appreciate your patience and are working very hard to resolve this issue. We would ask that you do not contact the Nursing Consenting Service during this time. We will contact you as soon as possible to get your consents completed.

If any changes relate to your current consent to storage, you will be contacted by the Regional Fertility Centre in due course.


Patient Support Policy launched

The Regional Fertility Centre, in partnership with colleagues from Fertility Counselling Service NI and Fertility Network UK, has launched the Patient Support Policy.

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The group has structured a policy for supporting patients through their fertility journey in conjunction with medical treatment, addressing mental welfare and the emotional experience of care before, during and after treatment.


Covid-19 vaccines and fertility – British Fertility Society and ARCS guidance

Please download the latest guidance from the British Fertility Society (BFT) and Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS) on Covid-19 vaccines and fertility.


Clomiphene treatment restarted

This treatment service has recommenced. Patients will receive prescriptions and information about treatment at a face-to-face consultation or will receive a letter following a video consultation.

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Any patient who has not been advised by their consultant to commence their clomiphene (Clomid) treatment may contact the RFC administration team for advice on 028 9615 9600.