Regional Fertility Centre

Update: 29 April 2021

The British Fertility Society and the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists updated their Covid-19 vaccine guidance on 19 April for those about to undergo fertility treatment and those undergoing fertility treatment.

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists updated their vaccination guidance for pregnant patients on 16 April.

Treatments

The Regional Fertility Centre has resumed frozen embryo transfer (FET) services. The centre has contacted NHS and self-funded patients who had treatment paused in January 2021 and has started to plan their treatment.

IVF/ICSI treatment services are also resuming. From Monday 29 March 2021, the centre has started to contact NHS and self-funded patients who had treatment paused in January 2021 and has started to plan their treatment.

Intrauterine insemination (IUI) and ovulation induction (OI) are resuming and patients who had treatment paused in January 2021 will be contacted directly by the centre from Monday 12 April 2021 to begin planning their treatment.

When NHS and self-funded patients who had their IVF/ICSI/IUI/OI treatment paused in January 2021 have been scheduled, the Regional Fertility Centre will start to schedule patients from the NHS and self-funded waiting lists. Patients will be contacted directly by the centre when their name reaches the top of the waiting list.

We are pleased to announce the IVF/ICSI oocyte recovery (OR)/egg collection service will now be fully supported by a Consultant Anaesthetist, with deep sedation available to patients.

Information on waiting times will be provided on this website after patients who had their treatment paused have been treated and the centre can safely project its available capacity levels.


Oncology referrers ONLY should contact the Regional Fertility Centre by email: RVH.RFC@belfasttrust.hscni.net

Please note that we are unable to reply to patient enquiries on this e-mail address.


Outpatients and semen analysis

Diagnostic semen analysis appointments have resumed. Patients will be contacted by the centre to arrange appointments.

Some face-to-face outpatient appointments at the Grove Wellbeing and Treatment Centre will resume from Wednesday 7 April 2021. Virtual appointments will also continue.


Coming soon

We are pleased to announce the following service developments:

  • We are currently piloting a Patient Portal and Electronic Consent service for patients on the treatment pathway.
  • We are working to update the website with information videos for patients.

We will update soon on these service developments.


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:

First steps

Guiding you through the stages of what to expect when you come to the Regional Fertility Centre.

Outpatients clinic

The Outpatients clinic is located at Grove Wellbeing Centre. As a new patient, you will come to this clinic.

Care and support

Undergoing fertility treatment can be a stressful experience, both physically and emotionally.