Care and support

There is no doubt that undergoing fertility treatment can be a demanding and stressful experience both physically and emotionally.

Emotional Preparation

There are organisations available to help and support you through what can be a difficult time. The Regional Fertility Centre has an independent fertility counselling service which is available free of charge for all our patients. This service is confidential and can be accessed before, during and after treatment. There is also access to a clinical psychology service either by consultant or self referral.

Physical Preparation

Research has shown that it is beneficial to prepare your body physically for the treatment that lies ahead. If you’ve been trying for a baby for a while, the chances are you’ll already have put some methods into action, such as maintaining a healthy weight, eating healthily, not smoking and taking plenty of exercise.

Video Consultations

The Regional Fertility Clinic may invite you to attend a new or a review appointment via video call.

If you are invited to a Video Consultation, it is because your appointment type has been reviewed by your Clinician and deemed suitable for video.

You will receive a letter asking you to call the Belfast Trust Booking Team to make an appointment.

When you call to make your appointment, the Booking Team will advise you that you have been asked to attend a Video Consultation and request your email address. They will also ask for your consent to use your email address to contact you.

They will then send you an email confirming the date and time of your appointment as well as a link to join your appointment via Microsoft Teams.

You will be reminded to check your Junk or Spam folder for your appointment email. Once you have received your appointment email, it is a good idea to add the Belfast Trust email address to your contacts list.

Your confirmation email will include links to an instruction leaflet and video which will provide guidance on how to join your appointment.

You can also access this information here: Video Consultations | Belfast Health & Social Care Trust (hscni.net)